March 28, 2015 1 Comment
BY TIM SCHMIDT – USCCA FOUNDER
“A crowd of thousands won’t chant it, so I will: Justice for Trevor. A nation won’t hashtag it, so I will: #TrevorsLifeMatters. A president won’t say it, so I will: If I had a son, he’d look like Trevor Casper.” -Dan O’Donnell, News/Talk 1130 WISN
If the above words don’t send shivers down your spine, you probably haven’t heard the story of Wisconsin State Trooper Trevor Casper.
21 years old. 2011 graduate of Kiel High School. December, 2014 graduate of the Wisconsin State Patrol’s 60th recruiting class. Beloved son. Beloved brother.
Deceased. Shot and killed on Tuesday, March 24th in an exchange of gunfire with a bank robber…on his very first day of solo patrol.
Undoubtedly one of the good guys.
You know, I’m not going to waste a single second talking about the bad guy here. That might be the mainstream media’s mode of operation, but it’s not mine.
I’m sticking with Trevor Casper. After all, his is the name we should remember.
Yes, I’m sad and I’m angry. But I’m also grateful. I’m grateful that in the midst of a period in history where the actions of our nation’s law enforcement officers are questioned at every turn, there are people like Trevor Casper willing to stand up for what’s right.
Irish orator Sir Edmund Burke once said that “all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
Well, not on Trevor Casper’s watch.
Trevor died doing what he was sworn to do—what he claims he was “born to do,”—and his story serves as a reminder to all of us just how incredible the sacrifice “to serve and protect” really is.
I simply cannot fathom that there are people out there who protest the justified defensive actions of our nation’s law enforcement officers—actions that few understand and even fewer are willing to carry out.
I simply cannot fathom that there are people out there who refuse to acknowledge that a police officer shares in the natural-born right to defend his or her OWN LIFE.
And I simply cannot fathom that there are people out there who continue to ignore the bottom line: evil exists in this world…and it always will. But remember, if there were no bad guys, we wouldn’t have good guys—heroes—like Trevor Casper.
Protector. Purveyor of justice.
He undoubtedly saved countless lives with his heroic actions…and he paid the ultimate price. As Wisconsin mourns and the thin blue line gets a little thinner, the least we can do is remember his name:
Prayers to his family, to Wisconsin State Patrol, and to all law enforcement officers who, like Trevor, wouldn’t hesitate to lay down their lives to keep people like you and me safe.
Take Care and Stay Safe,