Not every post from the WideBlueLine is good. It should be remembered that Officers are injured daily, they become disabled, and some pay the ultimate sacrifice. This is a tribute to just ONE Officer named Trooper Casper of the Wisconsin State Patrol.
Trooper Justin Casper had just graduated from the academy and was on his very first day alone on the road. Excited to finally be doing what he had been dreaming of and worked so hard to do he was naturally happy and energetic.
What nobody can ever count on being in Law Enforcement is who you will encounter or when you will encounter them.
Earlier in the day a Robbery had occurred in which a man named Steven Snyder had already murdered someone. The alert young Trooper Casper had located the robbery / murder suspect’s vehicle and called it in for back up.
He was advised to follow the vehicle and not to approach until more units arrived on the scene. However being an officer things often happen that cannot be choreographed as precisely as you would like.
The suspect Snyder realized he was being followed and turned his car around. He opened fire on the young Trooper as he passed his vehicle before backup had arrived. A gunfight had ensued on the Troopers first day.
The Trooper was wounded in the exchange of gunfire and while wounded shot the suspect mortally wounding him.
When it was over Trooper Casper stood up and balanced himself on his patrol vehicle in front of Trooper Clarissa Justmann only to collapse before her eyes and perish from his wounds.
To watch the video of her retelling the chain of events as presented to the Washington Post “Stay With Us Trevor” is heartbreaking.
Trooper Justin Casper should have had a long career where he could have helped people, raised a family and been happy in the field he had worked toward.
Instead he left behind his parents and two sisters along with brothers and sisters of the Blue Line he never knew or had the opportunity to meet.
Yet in his sacrifice this young man also stopped a murderer who was intent on continuing to do whatever he wanted, harm whoever he wanted and hurt anyone who stood in his way.
He crossed the Blue Line that separates decent people from the criminals. Wisconsin’s Trooper Justin Casper with one day on the job held that line at the cost of his very life. May be rest in peace.
I have uploaded the following video taken from Wisconsin Department of Justice it is dash cam video of a supervisor transporting Trooper Justmann as they follow an ambulance carrying the body her friend Trooper Casper. It is very difficult to listen to but it is presented so that people understand the emotional toll that Officers go through and must live with when a fellow Officer is killed.
It is also important to listen to the words of the supervisor who makes the statements regarding why Officers do what they do.
WARNING The following content is very emotionally disturbing.
Excerpt of the conversation is as follows:
Troper Justmann “You sit there and think it will never happen to you. And then happens and watch your best friend get killed in front of you”
Supervisor “These are the forces beyond our control when we choose to put a badge on every day.”
“There are bad people in the world, and we try to make it safer for everybody else. We try to do our part. We do everything we can. It sounds like Casper was able to do something about it. Unfortunately he paid the ultimate price but he made Fond du Lac a little bit safer.”
“And that is what putting the badge on is all about, making people in your community a little bit safer. And that is why we come to work every day.
Trooper Trevor Casper
E.O.W. March 24, 2015
We will Never Forget