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New officers join RPD team
Police Chief of the Riverton Police Department Mike Broadhead, left presented the badges to newly sworn police officers Chase Wood, Ryan Wangberg, and Gilbert Peck at Tuesday's city council meeting at Riverton City Hall. Photo by Alejandra Silva

New officers join RPD team

Mar 8, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

City officials also heard a proposal for a memorial in honor of U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Griffin of Riverton, who was killed while on duty in Afghanistan last year.

The Riverton Police Department welcomed three new police officers to their team.

Chief of police Mike Broadhead presented Chase Wood, Ryan Wanberg and Gilbert Peck with their badges Tuesday at the regular city council meeting at city hall.

Peck is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, formerly worked for the RPD and was recently working with the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

Wanberg attended Laramie County Community College and the University of Wyoming and was recently at the Fremont County Sheriff's Department as a Detention Center officer. Wood was a staff sergeant with the U.S. Marine Corps and travelled to different countries to educate others on firearms.

Family members filled the council room and congratulated the officers after being sworn in by Mayor Ron Warpness.

New memorial at Veterans Park

Also at the meeting, a memorial for the fallen Riverton U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Griffin was proposed to the council and mayor.

Broadhead suggested a "battle cross" memorial consisting of a pair of army boots, a rifle and helmet, be placed at Riverton's Veterans Park located behind City Hall.

Griffin grew up in Riverton and graduated from Riverton High School in 1985 where he was acclaimed for exceptional wrestling accomplishments that represented the state on a college and high school level.

He attended Northwest Community College in Powell and the University of Wyoming in Laramie.

He first enlisted in the army in 1988 and his military career extended for over 20 years.

He was killed while on duty in Afghanistan last year. He was survived by his wife Pamela, son Dane and daughter Kylie. His brother Shawn and wife Shelley still reside in Riverton. He was buried in Denver with full military honors

Broadhead said a committee was put together to form ideas for Griffin's memorial and also to help plan other memorials to recognize those who serve or have served in war. They hope to finalize planning soon so the memorial is done by September 11.

A fundraiser on June 19 will be held to raise funds for the memorial. The Glenn Miller Band will hold a concert at Central Wyoming College. The council and mayor agreed to bring forward a resolution for the placement of the memorial.

"It's going to be a great addition to our Veterans Park," Warpness said.

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