On his first solo day on the job, Wisconsin Trooper Trevor Casper was killed in the line of duty.
This is unspeakably sad.
Trevor Casper (Photo: Wisconsin Department of Justice)
From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Trevor Casper was called to duty.This is heartbreaking.
He was a high school wrestler and a soccer player, the kid others sought out for advice. He yearned to be a Wisconsin state trooper, once telling his parents that he was "born ready to do this job."
On Tuesday, just months after his December graduation from the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy, and on his first day working solo on the job, Casper was killed in an exchange of gunfire with a bank robber. The gunman also died.
Casper was 21.
He was the first Wisconsin trooper shot and killed in the line of duty in almost 43 years.
On Wednesday, people in Casper's hometown of Kiel tried to come to grips with his death.
"Trevor was just a great person," said Kiel Police Chief David Funkhouser. "He possessed a true servant's heart."
...Kevin and Debbie Casper said in a statement their son "was an amazing young man who from a young age would do anything to help anyone."
They weren't surprised that he went into law enforcement.
"Trevor had a soft and good heart," the parents said. "He truly believed his sole purpose in life was to serve and protect others."
Kevin and Debbie Casper raised a remarkable son. My prayers go out to them and all who are suffering the loss of Trevor.
Read about Steven Timothy Snyder, the man who killed Trooper Casper.