Casper, WY – Casper Police Department (CPD) Lieutenant Danny Dundas died unexpectedly on Monday.
Lt. Dundas’ exact cause of death was not released.
“The Casper Police Department is deeply saddened to announce the unexpected death of Casper Police Lieutenant Danny Dundas,” the CPD said in a press release. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all those who were blessed to know him. Out of respect for his loved ones and our department family, no further details will be released at this time.”
The department posted a photo showing a memorial display and a patrol vehicle covered in flowers beside a picture of Lt. Dundas the following day.
“Our hearts are broken,” the caption read.
Lt. Dundas earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and psychology from the University of Wyoming before he joined the CPD in 2008, the Oil City News reported.
Casper City Council Member Amber Pollock said she is “heartbroken” over the loss of the beloved lieutenant.
Pollock said she spoke with Lt. Dundas in the past about how to help address substance abuse and mental health issues in the LGBTQ+ community, the Oil City News reported.
“He was so intuitive, compassionate, and enthusiastic during this conversation,” she told the paper. “I expected to have to convince him of the need to better support this population, but he understood the issues clearly from the beginning at a very human level in a way that completely surprised me and gave me so much hope for progress.”
Lt. Dundas was heavily involved in the CPD’s community outreach, frequently posting videos on social media and joining in law enforcement community activities, the Oil City News reported.
He was a highly-decorated officer, having been awarded a letter of merit, the Life-Saving Medal, seven certificates of commendation, the Police Service Cross with combat distinction, the Distinguished Service Medal, and two Unit Commendation Awards as of 2019, the Casper Star Tribune reported.
Lt. Dundas was named the CPD’s Officer of the Year in 2011 and Sergeant of the Year in 2015.
“He always had the goodwill of the citizens at the forefront of his mind,” Casper City Manager Carter Napier told the Casper Star Tribune. “He was just a standup guy. As a city and as a community, we’re going to miss him. The loss will be deeply felt.”
— Marian Smith Orr (@gofishwyo) September 28, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Casper Police Department Lieutenant Danny Dundas, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.