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Local Law Enforcement, Fire and EMS honored by VFW Tuesday night

The Riverton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3628 presented awards to local law enforcement and fire personnel for specific actions and for their overall protection of the community. VFW Commander Renford Smith and members of the local post presented the plaques at Tuesday night’s Riverton City Council meeting. Receiving the honors were Fremont County Sheriff’s Deputy Don Detimore, who received burns when rescuing Assistant Chief Speed Hartbank who had fallen into a fire filled pit at a rural fire outside of Riverton. Smith also noted that Hartbank was a fellow veteran. Riverton Police Chief Mike Broadhead received a plaque in recognition of the RPDs support of veterans and their service to the community. Undersheriff Ryan Lee accepted on behalf of the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office. Smith also acknowledged the support his and other veteran’s organizations received from the office and their work in the county. EMS Director Kendra Bogacz and Dustin Fultz accepted the VFW’s award on behalf of the county’s ambulance service. Fultz was the EMT who treated Speed Hartbank at the scene and en route to the hospital after he was burned in a rural fire call. Riverton Volunteer Fire Chief Scott Walters accepted the award presented to the RFD. Smith said the firefighters risk their lives, just as those in the military do, to keep the community safe. #county10 #news