Salt Lake City, Utah — Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer was transported in critical condition after being shot in his cruiser Friday morning in Missoula, Montana. Brothers and sisters “In Blue” have provided an overwhelming show of support to Trooper Palmer’s family. The “Thin Blue Line” continues to reinforce the brotherhood and sisterhood when a family member goes down.
Hard knocks, wounds, and setbacks are what “The Thin Blue Line” represents. It doesn’t matter where the tragedy occurred, the pain is felt throughout this great Nation. Brothers and sisters in blue will come from all corners to show their support and love. As Trooper Palmer battles for his life, miles and miles away from home, his Montana Blue Line confides with their Utah Blue Line. Trooper Palmer is in good hands, and so is his family — Standing guard at the University Hospital are his fellow Utah State Troopers and other great officers in Utah.
Why do we do this? We do this because of what Trooper Palmer represents. He represents what we all joined forces to do from the beginning —
“We do solemnly swear (or affirm) that we will support, obey and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Utah, and that we will discharge the duties of my office with fidelity.”(Oath of Office; Utah State Archives)
Trooper Palmer was doing what we do best; investigating crime. Little did Plamer know, the vehicle he was investigating would end up being the suspect vehicle, nor that he would get shot and end up critically injured — Did Trooper Palmer have a troubled mindset as he checked on-duty? Did he worry if returning home to his family would be an option that night? What an unnerving consideration — Did Palmer forsee he would be on a flight to Utah, fighting for his life? Highly doubtful!
Trooper Palmer put on his Batman gear and headed out protecting and serving the people of Missoula, Montana. We can show our love and support to him, his family, and his brothers and sisters who hold the Thin Blue Line in Montana. As we join forces to pray for them, let us remember who we are. We are brothers and sisters. We are a family not only in Montana, but in Utah, and across our great Nation.
Trooper Palmer, we support you, we love you, and we will be there for you!
With Love, Your Blue Blood Family