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Capt. Good retires after 27 years

May 29, 2013 - By Christina George, Staff Writer

David Good has worked with the Fremont County Sheriff's Office or nearly three decades.

After years of solving homicides, busting drug rings and conducting search-and-rescue missions in Fremont County's merciless mountain ranges, David Good's days now will be filled with fishing and family.

"A lot of fishing, and I will take time to spend with friends and family," he said while en route to Bull Lake to fish with a friend. "I think I will get a part-time job in the future to keep my mind busy though."

Good retired May 1 from the Fremont County Sheriff's Office after 27 years of service. He held the captain position for the Lander division at the time of his departure.

"David's tenure as captain with this agency has been invaluable," Sheriff Skip Hornecker said in a news release. "David has developed liaisons with other agencies, media outlets, and search and rescue resources that this agency will rely on for many years to come."

"I truly consider David a friend, and I'm proud to have served with him for so many years," Hornecker continued. "The sheriff's office will be hard pressed to replace him and will be a completely different operation without him. I wish him well in this new chapter of his life."

As a youth and in the early years of his adult life, Good never aspired to hold a law enforcement badge.

After graduating from Lander Valley High School in 1975, he was hired at a Conoco filling station on the corner of Second and Main streets in Lander.

"I spent 13 years there pumping gas and doing mechanics," he said.

Eventually he decided to apply for a permanent part-time position at the dispatch center.

"In two or three months, I moved to full time, and I really got to liking it," Good said.

Because of lay offs in 1986 and 1987, Good's employment dropped to part time, so he joined the Lander Police Department for a year.

Good soon was promoted to patrol sergeant under Sheriff Tim McKinney. Three years later he was promoted to drug investigator.

Under Sheriff Dave King, Good said he was promoted to lieutenant or "operations chief" and ran

operations for the department. A few years later he advanced to the captain seat, which was second in command to then-Sheriff Roger Millward. He continued in the position for another 12 years under Hornecker.

"Once I got into it, I absolutely loved it," Good said about the job. "It went so fast, that 27 years."

In total, Good worked for six sheriffs.

"I have learned from each and every one of them," he said. "Tim McKinney, to this day I am still good friends with. He's one of the smartest guys I know."

At one point in his career, Good considered seeking the sheriff post, but he said he was not interested in the politics that come with the elected position.

"The worst part (of the job) is the politics," he said. "The sheriff's job is not an easy job."

Past cases

The years of service resulted in many cases, varying from homicides to drug busts when Good "got to help the big boys."

He recalled an investigation in the early 1990s that involved him and then deputy Scott Komrs teaming up with Natrona County agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration to bust a drug ring. With 11.47 pounds of methamphetamine and $60,000 in cash confiscated, Good said it was the largest bust for Wyoming at the time.

"It was our information that got the search warrant," he said.

A recent case Good spoke of was the November 2011 stabbing deaths of Eric Likes and Elva Quiver at a Hudson trailer house.

"I worked with the many agencies and helped get that solved," Good said. "It was a joint effort."

The only unsolved case he could think of during his tenure was the 1997 disappearance of Amy Wroe Bechtel. The day she went missing, Good was having shoulder surgery in Salt Lake City.

"I think some day we'll get to the bottom of it," he said. "There are so many possibilities still, and I still don't know what happened."

Good also served with the Lander division of search and rescue.

"From the beginning when I was at the dispatch center I would go out and help search and rescue," he said. "I always enjoyed going into the mountains and looking for people."

The enjoyment of searches stems from Good's happiness in helping people. He specialized in high-country missions, which were missions at 10,000 feet and higher.

"Plane wrecks were always the worst, and they seemed to always be around Gannett Peak, which is the highest peak in Wyoming," he said. "I will continue doing search and rescue, I think, because I love it so much."

Good recognized Bill Lee and John Gookin for being the "two brains of the game" when it came to search-and-rescue missions.

A lot of his compassion to help people, Good said, grew from being bullied as a youth.

"I was 4 foot, 10 inches and 87 pounds in high school and was always getting picked on," he said.

He now takes pride in standing up for victims.

"That's why I never let a DUI or domestic violence case go by," he said. "I always stood up for the victims."

More than 50 people attended a retirement party for Good at the Fremont County Ambulance Barn.

"There's not too many as dedicated as David Good," Hornecker said at the reception.

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