Newsfore Opt-In Form

Behind the Badge Banner
Don Hudson and Police Officers

On the streets.  Investigating. Serving our communities.

Often putting their lives on the line to keep us safe.

For four years, ABC4 Utah’s Don Hudson has been shining a well-deserved spotlight on law enforcement officers…showing how, and why, they choose to protect and serve.

If you know an outstanding officer that goes above and beyond the call of duty, tell us here at so that we can share his, or her, inspiring story. Then tune in for our "Behind the Badge” reports Tuesdays at 10:00 on ABC4 Utah.

Injured trooper back home in Montana after two months of care in Utah

Local News

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News)  A trooper who was shot in the head, face, and neck while searching for a suspected killer is now back home to Montana after two months of treatment here in Utah.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer was greeted Wednesday afternoon at the airport in Missoula by a strong showing of law enforcement.

Before heading home to Montana, his wife and others sat down to thank Utah for all it has done to help Palmer and his family.

“You all have been so amazing – without all of you we wouldn’t be able to go home today.”

Those were some of the first words Lindsey Palmer shared during a news conference on Wednesday.

The wife of Trooper Palmer chocked up as she thanked surgeons for helping her husband survive and begin his recovery after being shot in March.

“You gave us the fighting chance we needed to get through this.” And she thanked the Utah law enforcement community for all their help and support.

“To each and every one of you who took a watch outside our door and continuous times, when I needed a friendly ear to listen to me talk, someone was always there to lean on.”     

Montana Highway Patrol officials and Montana’s Attorney General also shared their appreciation to the U of U Hospital and the people and police in Utah.

Colonel Tom Butler said, “I’m not sure words can ever express the help and support that has been given to him.”

Attorney General Tim Fox said, “On behalf of the people of Montana, thank you Utah. We love you.” 

Trooper Palmer can walk, communicate and react, but the 35-year-old has lost his ability to talk because of the gunshot wound to his head.

“He is aware of what is going on whose around him and that kind of stuff and follows directions. So, There’s clearly cognitive ability, but I can tell he really wants to talk and we’ll all be happy when he starts talking,” said  Colonel Butler.

Those who have been around him for the past two months hope he will continue to improve. Col. Butler said, “Wade hasn’t left my thoughts. Every morning it’s one of the first things I think of and every night it’s one of the last things I think of. I’m just so happy that he is in the position he is today because before it didn’t look that promising.” 
After the news conference, Trooper Palmer, his wife, and Montana officials and officers were escorted to the airport.  They were greeted by the Fraternal Order of Police here in Utah and helped into a private plane to make the return to Montana. A short trip home – with a long recovery ahead.

“I don’t know where we would be without everything you’ve done for us. You made this scary time a little less scary.” Lindsey Palmer

The man charged with shooting Trooper Palmer is in custody and facing charges. 



Iranian lawmaker says his country doesn’t want war with the US

‘Instincts just took over’: Coach describes stopping gunman

District attorney says Meek Mill should get new trial, judge

State and feds commit to working together to manage public lands

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Behind the Badge Contact Form

Latest News Videos

Utah fire departments work towards improving firefighter mental health

Ogden Valley Balloon Festival

SLCPD release body cam footage of deadly officer-involved shooting

Warning graphic: SLCPD release body cam footage of deadly officer-involved shooting

Utah family "moves that bus" to see newly built home

More Video News

Don't Miss

Hide Custom HTML H2 CSS