First responders continue to risk exposure to keep community safe

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (WyomingNewsNow) - As the battle against COVID-19 rages on, first responders are joining medical workers on the front lines. Cheyenne Police Officer David Inman says a pandemic isn’t going to stop CPD.

"There's nothing that's gonna prevent us from doing our job to the best of our ability.” Inman told Wyoming News Now, “That doesn't take a break when there's a pandemic going around."

Everyday police, firefighters and a-m-r among other first responders are out in the public risking exposure in order to keep our community safe.

But both police and firefighters told us that's what they signed on for, and for some, like Laramie County Fire District 1 Chief Darrick Mittlestadt, it’s not their first rodeo.

"For those of us who have been around for a while, it's like, ok, yes this is a serious issue but this isn't the first time this has happened.” Darrick said, “So let's get people trained up, let's make sure everyone is on the same page, and let's make sure everyone is being as safe as possible."

Mittlestadt made references to other pandemics, like SARS, that have also happened in his career.

Police and firefighters are taking extra precautions to make sure they are protecting themselves and to make sure they aren't spreading the illness to their own families. Meanwhile, Chief Mittlestadt says that calls to service have remained steady and about the same as usual for LCSD 1.

But officer Inman says police calls have actually gone down - a sign, he says, people are taking the illness seriously and staying home, and that's helping them stay healthy.

"If I could tell the community one thing, it's keep doing what they're doing.” He said, “Only go out for essential things. And that'll help us out a lot. It'll help us do our job better, less chance of one of us getting sick and taking one more person off the street."

Officer Inman says police are still doing everything they usually do, despite the pandemic, including operation change, designed to help Cheyenne's homeless.