Casper Police and Fire Chiefs honor fallen first responders

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EVANSVILLE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) Casper Police and Fire-EMS leaders honored fallen heroes at a Patriot Day ceremony Wednesday at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery in Evansville, Wyo.

Casper Police Chief Keith McPheeters reads names of officers killed in the line of duty in the past year in Evansville, Wyo. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019.

Casper Police Chief Keith McPheeters, and Fire-EMS Chief Thomas Solberg, read the names of police officers and firefighters who died in the line of duty in the past year nationwide.

“It’s always difficult even if it’s just one name because… that one name can mean several family members, children, spouses, parents that are left grieving for the sacrifice of that name and that individual gave,” Solberg said.

With more than 40 years on the job, Solberg said he knows it’s dangerous.

“Whether you’re working in New York City or you’re working in Casper, Wyoming, the treat is there that you could be injured or lose your life,” he said.

Though he did not directly know anyone who died in the line of duty this past year, Solberg said he still feels their pain.

“Unfortunately, I’ve had to attend friends and relatives of my own that have perished from this line of work and this profession so certainly it hit home, to me, to not only read the names, but understand that there’s families attached to those names,” he said.

The ceremony also honored the more than 3000 lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.