(Sheridan, Wyo.) — Did you see an elderly man pulling a wagon of groceries through the street near St. Peter's today? He seemed lost. He seemed confused. He was definitely agitated. He was approached by Sheridan Police, who with an arsenal of training after this week, tried to diffuse the situation. [image: Inline image 1] *Feature photo and above: Former Sheridan Mayor Jim Wilson, with wagon, acts out a scenario with CIT participants Friday. / Pitchengine Communities* Inside the church, a young man, perhaps manic, acted strangely and admitted he was taken off his medication. Greeted by Sheridan Memorial Hospital staff, his condition was evaluated and he was admitted for more intensive care. [image: Inline image 2] *Role playing scenario with Sheridan College student Dawson Hudson-Miller, playing a hospital patient, and Rob Forister, Sheridan Memorial Hospital administrator. / Pitchengine Communities* It was all a part of the weeklong Crisis Intervention Training
(CIT), a collaboration of law
enforcement, mental health providers and mental health advocates that has
been happening in Sheridan all week ,
led by the Sheridan Police Department and the Prevention Management
Organization of Wyoming Sheridan County's Wendy Bruso.
"CIT has been around 28 years, and it is slowly becoming more and more
popular," Sheridan Police Officer Katie Balthazor said.
This was the first comprehensive class in Sheridan County, but the goal is
to have all officers certified one day.
"We (as officers) want to be able to help people in crisis," Balthazor
said. "These (classes teach) the tools we need to get better results in a
crisis. ... We don't just want to put people in jail."
The 5-day, 40-hour training for law enforcement and first responders drew
people from all over the community, from various agencies and backgrounds.
Today, the following participants graduated from the program:
Tom Barrett, Sheridan Police
John Gale, Sheridan County Sheriff's Office
Rebecca Nelson, Sheridan Police
Kristen Etchchoury, Sheridan Memorial Hospital
Spencer Kukuchka, Sheridan Police
Ron Moseman, Wyoming Highway Patrol
Dan Johnson, Sheridan Police Department
Lori Bird, Sheridan Memorial Hospital
Kelly Waugh, Sheridan Police Department
Erin Carbert, Sheridan College
Richard Burridge, Wyoming Highway Patrol
Doug Slack, Sheridan Police
Nate Walker, Sheridan Police
Brandon Tillery, Sheridan County Sheriff's Office
Randy Pitchford, Sheridan Police
Carla Rogers, Sheridan Police
Lois Bas, Sheridan Memorial Hospital
Evaluators included Officer Arzy, Officer Hilsabeck, Officer Fitzpatrick
and Officer Balthazor.
"You guys are outstanding," Sheridan City Councilor Alex Lee said during
the graduation. "You guys are making a measurable difference in our
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*Sheridan County Sheriff's Deputy John Gale receives his certificate after
the weeklong CIT training. / Pitchengine Communities*
See even more photos and catch up on the week's worth of trainings on
County Suicide Prevention Page