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Gianforte Honors Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer During National Police Week

May 15, 2019
Press Release

During National Police Week, Congressman Greg Gianforte honored Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer on the House floor and offered support to Montana’s law enforcement community.

“During National Police Week, I rise to recognize police officers in Montana who protect and serve our communities. They put their lives on the line to keep us safe. Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer embodies this selfless service,” Gianforte said.

Gianforte described Palmer as a family man who earned the patrol’s highest honor, the Medal of Valor. Gianforte went on to detail Trooper Palmer’s efforts to pursue a suspect and how a “callous coward” shot Palmer in his patrol car in March. Gianforte updated lawmakers on Palmer’s status and recovery.

After citing Palmer’s bravery and resilience, Gianforte asked lawmakers to pray for Trooper Palmer and his family, saying, “As we mark National Police Week, let us remember all who died in the line of duty. Let us remember to pray every day for the men and women in blue, as well as their families. And let us say a special prayer for Trooper Palmer and his family.”

 

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Gianforte’s remarks as prepared:

Madam Speaker, during National Police Week, I rise to recognize police officers in Montana who protect and serve our communities. They put their lives on the line to keep us safe.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer embodies this selfless service. A husband to Lindsey and a father to two young daughters, Trooper Palmer started with the patrol in 2012 and has received the patrol’s highest honor, the Medal of Valor.

In March, Trooper Palmer located a suspicious vehicle in Missoula. As he sat in his cruiser, a callous coward approached Palmer and shot him repeatedly.

Thankfully, Trooper Palmer regained consciousness and is recovering in the hospital.

As we mark National Police Week, let us remember all who died in the line of duty. Let us remember to pray every day for the men and women in blue, as well as their families. And let us say a special prayer for Trooper Palmer and his family.

Thank you, Madam Speaker. I yield back.