The Wyoming Society of the Sons of the American Revolution traditionally gathers in-person for their annual meetings. This year, members mainly gathered via Zoom for their annual meeting.
The Wind River Chapter joined the live-stream from the Brown Sugar Coffee Roastery in Riverton to present the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution’s Law Enforcement Commendation medal to three outstanding local peace officers.
Medals were awarded to Trooper Nick Warren of the Wyoming Highway Patrol – Division I, Deputy Jesse Moss of the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, and Officer Taggart Harmelink of the Riverton Police Department – who was not available due to mandatory training with the Wyoming Army National Guard.
The NSSAR Law Enforcement Award recognizes exceptional service or accomplishment in the field of law enforcement, shared Wind River Chapter of the WYSSAR President Karl Falken.
Eligibility is not limited to peace officers but extends to the entire range of persons who make and enforce the law to include but not limited to peace officers, attorneys, judges, prosecutors, and legislators who have performed an exceptional act or service beyond that normally expected.
1Lt Travis Hauser described Trooper Warren, a two-year veteran of the force, as “an exceptional Trooper…
[who] is consistently going above and beyond to help out the traveling public.” In 2019 he received 13 positive remarks from his supervisor, compared to 2 such remarks to the next nearest Trooper of the Division. He is a great team player and willingly adjusts his shifts with his peers to assure continual coverage for those passing through Fremont County.
According to Sergeant Kevin Rieman of the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Jesse Moss “…is a dedicated servant to this community and he is truly a hidden gem we are blessed to have as a fellow Deputy.” He has served his community since 2001 in various roles including: Fremont County Detention Deputy, Fremont County Patrol Deputy, and Wind River Reservation School Resource Officer. He is currently assigned as the Administrative Deputy. An experience peace officer, Deputy Moss designed a program to better track registered sex offenders within Fremont County. This is considered a “model program” as he is often called upon from other agencies throughout the state for assistance with their program.
According to RPD Chief Eric Murphy, Officer Harmelink excels in all his responsibilities and shows “great leadership qualities.” He designed a program for tracking vandalized and stolen vehicles that has led to the arrest of several individuals on related drug violations. His service to the Wyoming Army National Guard was recognized with the Citizen Soldier of the Year Award. “Taggart has an amazing attitude and will continue to excel with the Riverton Police Department.”
Besides the normal society business, the meeting also highlighted the uniform for the first element of the chapter color guard and the new Patriot Chest for the state society. These were displayed for the first time for the statewide membership.
The Patriot Chest contains reproductions of artifacts from typical colonial American life. The color guard uniform will be used in parades and formal presentations, and both will be used in future educational presentations.
h/t Wind River Chapter of the WYSSAR President Karl Falken for sharing the above information.