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Patrolman Peter Visser

Wyoming Highway Patrol, Wyoming

End of Watch Monday, October 12, 1981

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Reflections for Patrolman Peter Visser

Pete passed away just before I was assigned to the same Patrol area. I didn't get the opportunity to meet Pete.
But I will always remember all that I know about his tragic loss. God Bless you Pete and may he watch over your family.

Patrolman (82-87) Dennis F. West
Past members Div H Wyoming Highway Patrol

April 17, 2024

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

Rest in Peace, Trooper!

Ptl B L Waltz (Ret)
Avon Lake PD OH

March 14, 2022

40 years ago yesterday. A dedicated family man with 2 young children. A great friend. A great officer. Miss you come every hunting season, never forgotten that I was up on the mountain while you were keeping us safe and helping those in need. Gone but not forgotten!

Next door neighbor

October 13, 2021

Patrolman Visser,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Wyoming. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

October 12, 2021

Rest in peace Patrolman Visser.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 6, 2021

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will always be remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

October 12, 2020

All give some, some give all, Rest in Peace!

Ptl. Bryan Waltz(Ret)
Avon Lake PD OH

May 6, 2019

I am very sorry for the loss of such a good man who was dedicated to protecting his country. Many thanks to Officer Visser for his service and my prayers be with his family.

John Haseltine - Civilian

September 15, 2016

I think of you often and have since I was a 12 years old 30+ years later and I still remember your face , I still remember you stopped bbq ing just to explain to me on how the cattle greates worked . I remember you coming into the shop to have my dad work on the radio and you let me play with the light bar and sirens . Then I cry. When I remember the day my family lost a great friend .

Wilma Sturchio

August 2, 2013

Patrolman Visser,
On today, the 31st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Wyoming. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. It sickens me that the drunk driver who killed you only received one year in prison and a fine.


U.S. Border Patrol

October 12, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 29th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

October 12, 2010

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

February 22, 2008

It's been 26 years now, but I still remember that day as if it were yesterday. I remember having to make phone calls to our coworkers telling them of your passing. The sadness we all felt. Time goes by but we don't forget, you are still in our hearts and minds.

Wyoming Highway Patrol

October 13, 2007

On the upcoming anniversary of your passing, we remember you today, and thank you Sir for your Service.

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

October 10, 2007


I was reminded of you the other day when I found some things you have gave me shortly before you were killed. I can't beleive that it has been almost 26 years ago since that night you were hit. You were an excellent trooper....Rest in Peace brother....

RAC Jeff Faycosh

May 25, 2007

For so many wonderful trips I have traveled along I-80 across Wyoming. I am grateful to you and all the other troopers looking out for motorists safety. Now I will whisper a thought and prayer everytime I am on that highway. God Bless you Trooper Visser, rest in peace. Rest in peace and watch over that beautiful stretch of highway like you always done in that past sir. God Bless the W.H.P. too


August 14, 2006

May god bless you and your family. Although I did not have the privilege to have known you, I am sure you earned your seat in heaven.

Rest in peace, those of us who remain will cover your post on the thin, blue line.


September 29, 2003

The death of this fine patrolman is just one of the many reasons why I fight the increase of alcohol beverages permits and call for tougher laws concerning the sales and consumption of the product.

Wyoming private citizen

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