Casper Police: Lieutenant Daniel Dundas committed suicide “as a result of his experiences” while serving the community

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Flowers rest on the windshield of the late Lt. Daniel Dundas’ patrol vehicle parked in his memory outside the Courthouse on Tuesday. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

“If you or someone you know is suffering from thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK (1-800-273-8255)”

CASPER, Wyo. – The Casper Police Department said Lt. Daniel Dundas committed suicide on Monday afternoon.

In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, the CPD said his death would be considered “in the performance of his duties”.

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“An abundance of resources have been put to use on his behalf at the departmental level, through his family, and even by himself,” said the announcement Wednesday afternoon.

“Despite these sincere efforts, our beloved friend, father, son, husband and community hero committed suicide as a direct result of the experiences he had undergone in service to our community.”

The Casper Police Department announced Monday that Dundas had died but did not come up with a case at the time. A spokesperson for the department said Tuesday morning that they were in close communication with his family and would make further comments with their contribution.

“It is for these reasons that the Casper Police Department declares, with one voice, that the untimely death of Lieutenant Dundas will be treated by this department as a death resulting from actions in the line of duty,” Wednesday’s post continues.

“Although our hearts are broken, we choose to recognize the difficult nature of the profession to which Danny, with his characteristic enthusiasm and larger-than-life personality, has diligently devoted himself.”

Dundas joined the Casper Police Department in 2008, shortly after graduating from the University of Wyoming. He engaged in community outreach with the CPD and has become a popular and recognizable face of the department.

The news of his death on Monday was almost immediately followed by a wave of grief and support from the community, as well as members of the regional police force and emergency responders.

The public is invited to attend a public memorial service for Lt. Dundas on Monday, October 4 at the Ford Wyoming Center starting at 4 p.m. Information on a procession will be released soon.

The full statement released on Wednesday by the Casper Police Department follows:

On the afternoon of September 27, 2021, the Casper Police Department suffered the unimaginable loss of Lt. Daniel ‘Danny’ Dundas, a thirteen year veteran of our agency and a longtime member of our community.

Lt. Dundas was a beloved member of our service and, to many, was the face of Casper’s police department, especially when attending community events.

When our citizens thought about what a Casper police officer should be like, they thought of Danny.

Over the past few days, the Casper Police Department has been in close contact with the Dundas family during this tragic time to assist them in any way they can and to release the following information to the public. The law enforcement profession is an exceptionally rewarding career. It is also a sad truth that law enforcement professionals are expected, by the very communities they serve, to respond to experiences and events, which normal citizens would rarely, or never be forced to endure. We ask our officers to endure these traumatic events over and over again throughout their careers.

These burdens are tangible and they impact our officers, the families and loved ones of our officers, and every employee in the department.

During his years of service to our community, like all police officers, Lieutenant Dundas has experienced a wide variety of events, both positive and negative, with citizens, victims and suspects. Although all of our police officers are highly trained professionals, they are first and foremost human beings. The stoic emotions that we steadfastly entertain during our service often break down when we return home and to our loved ones.

Lieutenant Dundas has experienced several traumatic events during his career which, individually and collectively, affected him in multiple ways. An abundance of resources have been put to work on his behalf, at the departmental level, through his family and even by himself. Despite these sincere efforts, our dear friend, father, son, husband and community hero committed suicide as a direct result of his experiences serving our community.

It is for these reasons that the Casper Police Department declares, with one voice, that the untimely death of Lieutenant Dundas will be treated by that department as a death resulting from actions in the line of duty. Although our hearts are broken, we choose to recognize the difficult nature of the profession to which Danny, with his characteristic enthusiasm and larger than life personality, has diligently dedicated himself to.

This is a difficult work. Only the best even try to do it. Yet such service to the community comes at a cost, often a high personal cost, and all too often these costs can be extremely high.

Dundas’ extended family, and his family from the Casper Police Department, share our sincere gratitude to this incredible community for the immense outpouring of support we have received.

We are honored and proud to be a part of Casper, our community.

At the request of the Dundas family, a public memorial service is scheduled and anyone wishing to pay tribute to Danny is welcome to attend. The service will take place on Monday, October 4, 2021 at the Ford Wyoming Center, starting at 4:00 p.m.

The Dundas family ask participants to wear blue and black or patriotic clothing in honor of Danny. Information on the route of the procession will be shared in the coming days.


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