(Updated to add other awards at 2:20 p.m.)
By Joshua Scheer Scheer, reporter, county10.com
(Lander, Wyo.) – On Tuesday evening, the Lander Police Department held a Christmas gathering and officers were recognized for their work throughout the year. A video compiled by Chief Jim Carey and Michelle Motherway was shown.
“I think they were honored last night,” Carey said Wednesday morning. “Not a dry eye in the place.”
Carey said he is working to make sure his officers are commended for their bravery and compassion on a more consistent basis. He said all of his officers take the words honor and valor seriously.
Below are stories behind the awards presented Tuesday night. Carey provided the text.
“On Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2012, at approximately 10:37 a.m., Sergeant John Cunningham and Officer Troy Trehearne were dispatched to the 600 block of Sage Street for an ambulance assist call. Upon arriving, a 77 year-old male was not breathing and in cardiac arrest. Sgt. Cunningham and Officer Trehearne performed CPR on the subject until the ambulance crew arrived. Their actions greatly improved the patient’s immediate condition so he could be transferred to a higher care facility and thus improved his chance of surviving this medical emergency. Sgt. Cunningham and Officer Trehearne assisted in loading the patient for transport to the hospital. These officers were praised by the Division Supervisor of Fremont County Ambulance for their teamwork, professional attitude, and ability to remain calm in an emergency situation. For their actions these officers took on this day, they are awarded the Medal of Meritorious Service for Life Saving. Sgt. Cunningham and Officer Trehearne’s willingness and ability to take action in an emergency reflect positively on themselves, Lander Police Department, The City of Lander, and the Community they work for.”
“On Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, Sergeant Ron Wells and Officer Kenny Stigers were dispatched to 275 Grand View Dr. (Alco) for the report of a female employee who had fainted and was unconsciousness. Upon arrival, the officers found the woman in cardiac arrest. Sgt. Wells and Officer Stigers immediately started CPR on the woman, and continued CPR until the ambulance crew arrived. The officers assisted getting the patient to the hospital by driving the ambulance while the ambulance crew worked on the patient. The Fremont County Ambulance Division Supervisor praised Sgt. Wells and Officer Stigers for their actions. Without the assistance provided by these officers, this patient would have likely have passed away at the scene. Sgt. Wells and Officer Stigers are a proud example for Lander Police Department, The City of Lander, and the Lander Community. For the officer’s actions on this call they are awarded The Lander Police Department Medal of Meritorious Service (Life Saving Award).”
“Detective Randy Lutterman received the Lander Police Departments “Officer of the Year.” He was chosen by his peers within the police department. This year Detective Lutterman showed all the qualities and traits of an exemplary Detective. He is dedicated, compassionate and very driven. He has been a part of many high profile cases this year, to include the airing of Wes Nebeker with Americas Most Wanted.”
Animal Control Officer Alan Mcomie for over 30 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Lander.
“Detective Sergeant Fred Cox was recognized for over 15 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Lander.”
On Thursday, Sept. 28, 2006, at approximately 4:59 p.m., Lander Police Department Sergeant Duane Kaiser was dispatched to a call that changed his life forever. For Sgt. Kaiser’s act of bravery and fortitude during this incident he has been awarded the Lander Police Department Purple Heart for being injured in the line of duty. Unfortunately Sgt. Kaiser’s career in law enforcement was cut short due to this tragic incident.
“Past Administrative Assistant Marlena Carey was awarded a plaque for her more than seven years of dedicated service to the Lander Police department, her husband accepted on her behalf.”