Wyoming Highway Patrol is the highway patrol agency for Wyoming, which has jurisdiction anywhere in the state. It was created to protect the lives, property and constitutional rights of people in Wyoming. It is also tasked with providing security and transportation to the Governor of the State of Wyoming.
Since the establishment of the Wyoming Highway Patrol, 2 officers have died in the line of duty.
Patrolman Peter Visser
Patrolman Peter Visser was killed when his cruiser was rear-ended by a drunk driver. On October 11, 1981, Patrolman Visser was investigating a traffic accident. He was seated in his car, parked in the emergency lane of Interstate 80, with his emergency lights flashing when his cruiser was struck. He suffered critical head and neck injuries and was removed to the hospital where he never regained consciousness. He died the following day.
Patrolman Visser had served one year with the Wyoming Highway Patrol and is survived by his wife and two children.