By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
A Casper police lieutenant committed suicide earlier this week and the Casper Police Department will consider his death to be the result of actions in the line of duty, officials said on Wednesday.
Casper Police Lt. Daniel “Danny” Dundas, a 13-year agency veteran and long-time member of the Casper community, committed suicide on Monday afternoon, the department said in an article on social networks.
“Lieutenant Dundas was a beloved member of our department and, to many, was the face of the Casper Police Department, especially when attending community events,” the department said in the post. “When our citizens thought about what a Casper police officer should be like, they thought of Danny. ”
The ministry noted that despite a rewarding career, the life of a law enforcement officer can be difficult.
“During his years of service to our community, like all police officers, Lt. Dundas has experienced a wide variety of positive and negative events, with citizens, victims and suspects,” the department said. “Although all of our police officers are highly trained professionals, they are first and foremost human beings. The stoic emotions that we steadfastly entertain during our service often break down when we return home and to our loved ones. “
Officers noted that Dundas experienced “several” traumatic events during his career, all of which touched him in one way or another.
Accordingly, the ministry will treat Dundas’ death as the result of his work in the line of duty.
“This is a difficult work. Only the best even try to do it, ”the department said. “Yet such service to the community comes at a cost, often a high personal cost, and all too often those costs can be extremely high. Dundas’ extended family, and his family from the Casper Police Department, share our sincere gratitude to this incredible community for the immense outpouring of support we have received.
The department has been in close contact with the Dundas family all week to help them in any way they can.
A public memorial service for Dundas will be held at 4 p.m. on October 4 at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. Participants are asked to wear blue, black or patriotic clothing in honor of the policeman. Information on the route of the procession will be announced in the coming days.