Patrolman Peter Visser

Patrolman Peter Visser

Wyoming Highway Patrol, Wyoming

End of Watch Monday, October 12, 1981

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Peter Visser

Patrolman Peter Visser died as a result of the injuries sustained when a drunk driver rear-ended his cruiser.

Patrolman Visser was investigating a traffic accident. He was seated in his car, parked in the emergency lane of Interstate 80, with his emergency lights flashing when his cruiser was struck. He suffered critical head and neck injuries and was airlifted to the hospital in Casper, where he never regained consciousness. He died three days later.

The driver received a one-year prison sentence and a $2000 fine.

Patrolman Visser had served one year with the Wyoming Highway Patrol. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 154

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Friday, October 9, 1981
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender 1 year prison sentence; $2000 fine

accident investigation, drunk driver

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Every year I think of the loss of Pete. My next door neighbor for the year he, his wife and 2 children were in Wamsutter. He was a brave young man willing to do what it took to keep people safe and treat them fairly. In those days all you had to do was say, 'hey can I ride with you for a while?' He called in that you were along and off you went for a while. One of my memories of Pete: 'We were sitting at the Bitter Creek Divide rest area and 'Five Five' was still the speed limit that was rarely enforced. A driver blasted down the hill doing just under 80 mph, sees Pete and slams on the brakes till he is doing about 55 and Pete let's him go on by. After a number of other cars almost all speeding a bit do the same, along comes a car doing 72. Off we go and pull him over. Pete wrote him a big ticket. When he is finished up I say, Pete you could have wrote the guy for 80 and you never even stopped him. Pete, "The guy doing 75 had no respect for the law!"' Lesson learned that day by this youngster back then. As each October comes I pray for God's blessing and protection of his wife and family!

Dwight Schneider
Next Door Neighbor

October 23, 2022

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