In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day; and the calendar week in which May 15th falls, as National Police Week. Yesterday, the Campbell County Sheriff's Office hosted a memorial ceremony which included a roll call of fallen officers who have died over the years while on duty in Wyoming. The ceremony also included the names of Wyoming firefighters and emergency responders.
Among the law enforcement names read was Craig L. Schulte. Deputy Shulte was on duty July 7, 1983, and had just finished a traffic stop when he died in a head-on collision on the Fairview Road. Another name read was Jon R. Hardy, a Gillette police officer who also was killed in 1983. Hardy was shot and killed in an ambush while responding to a burglary report. An additional ceremony for Hardy will be held today, Thursday May 16th, at Gillette City Hall.
"He was an officer for us for just over a year and was responding to a call of a burglary in progress, and he was shot and killed on December 20th of 1983. He was 26 years old when he was killed."---Gillette Police Chief Jim Hloucal.
The ceremony will take place on the northwest corner of the lawn of Gillette City Hall at 2 pm, Thursday May 16th.
Photos provided by CCSO