This week the Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue handed out its annual awards including honoring the crews of Med 473 and Engine 483 for their efforts to try and save the life of State Trooper Trevor Casper.
During his first day working solo on the job as a trooper 21-year-old Casper was killed in a shootout with bank robber Steven Snyder on March 24 of last year.
The ambulance and engine crew did what they could to save the young trooper’s life.
Assistant Fire Chief Steve Beer said he sat down with crews at Station No. 3 afterwards. He said it wasn’t easy for anyone at the scene.
He said everyone had a glazed look over their face and they talked about what happened and the realities of life.
Beer said they appreciate the fact the City Council has since approved the funding that allowed them to purchase bulletproof vests for their paramedics and firefighters.
Chief Peter O’Leary said it’s good to recognize their accomplishments even if the firefighters and paramedics would rather not.