Montana trooper showing signs of improving in Salt Lake City

Apr 3, 2019, 7:01 PM | Updated: 8:19 pm
(Wade Palmer, courtesy Montana Department of Justice)
(Wade Palmer, courtesy Montana Department of Justice)

SALT LAKE CITY — There are some very encouraging signs for a Montana state trooper recovering from gunshot wounds in Utah.  He has regained consciousness, but he still has a long and difficult road to recovery ahead of him.

When Montana State Trooper Wade Palmer was transferred to University Hospital after being shot three times in the head, his friends had serious doubts that he would last three weeks.

“We were scared he wasn’t going to be around for us,” Montana Trooper Mike Burman said. “Now, that’s our focus.  He’s moving forward and we can see that progress.  It’s hopeful.”

Palmer still can’t talk, but Burman said he’s showing signs that he understands what’s going on around him, and there are glimpses of his personality that are coming out.

“Coming down here and seeing him get to heal has been important.  It helps you cope with it,” Burman added.

Palmer has never been alone since he arrived three weeks ago.  Utah Highway Patrol Trooper David Moreno said there have been UHP officers around Palmer at all times to make sure his family’s needs are being met, and to encourage him to get better.

“[We say], ‘You’ve got hundreds of brothers here in Utah that are going to be by your side.  You just hang in there and fight,’” Romero said.

None of the UHP troopers knew Palmer and they’ve never worked with officers from Montana before, but Moreno said they know what it’s like to put yourself in harm’s way.

“We do the same job.  I’ve been in his situation many times when people have guns when you do traffic stops,” Moreno said. “The feeling is from every officer that comes in feels, ‘That could have been me.'”

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Today’s Top Stories

Salt Lake City Police say three sticks of dynamite were safely removed from a house this week by it...
Mark Jones

Three sticks of dynamite removed from Salt Lake City home

Three sticks of dynamite were removed from a Salt Lake City home on Wednesday, the SLCPD announced. The dynamite have been seized for investigation.
19 hours ago
A study by Intermountain Health that spanned 40 years and sought answers about the health of people...
Simone Seikaly

Intermountain’s 40-year study provides insight into weight-loss surgery

In some cases the results from the weight-loss surgery study were expected. But at least one result could be a cause for alarm and caution.
19 hours ago
defraud...
Britt Johnson

Utah County men facing charges for defrauding the United States

The claims state that Zachary Bassett and Mason Warr used a fraudulent tax scheme to receive COVID-19-related relief funds.
19 hours ago
SLCC to host Black History Month events....
Waverly Golden

Salt Lake Community College to host Black History Month events

The Salt Lake City Community College is hosting numerous events in recognition of Black History Month including a film viewing and panel.
19 hours ago
Rep. Kera Birkeland, R-Morgan, sponsor of HB297 Victim Services Amendments, poses for a portrait at...
Katie McKellar, Deseret News

A Utah lawmaker and her sister at odds: Should rape victims need to contact police before getting an abortion?

Rep. Kera Birkeland says her bill focuses on rape victim services and holding rapists accountable. But her sister, a rape survivor, says it strips away choices.
19 hours ago
On Jan. 31, 2023, a missing Arizona girl was found and rescued from the basement of a registered se...
Elizabeth Weiler

Missing girl from Arizona found in West Valley basement

On Jan. 31, 2023, a missing Arizona girl was found and rescued from the basement of a registered sex offender. 
19 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Banner with Cervical Cancer Awareness Realistic Ribbon...
Intermountain Health

Five Common Causes of Cervical Cancer – and What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month and cancer experts at Intermountain Health are working to educate women about cervical cancer, the tests that can warn women about potential cancer, and the importance of vaccination.
Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get Ready for Fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy. This year the event will be held from January 27-29 at the Utah Bear Lake State Park Marina and Sunrise Resort and Event Center in Garden City, Utah. 
happy friends with sparklers at christmas dinner...
Macey's

15 Easy Christmas Dinner Ideas

We’ve scoured the web for you and narrowed down a few of our favorite Christmas dinner ideas to make your planning easy. Choose from the dishes we’ve highlighted to plan your meal or start brainstorming your own meal plan a couple of weeks before to make sure you have time to shop and prepare.
Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 Game Day Snacks for the Whole Family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The Best Tools for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Workplace Success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
Montana trooper showing signs of improving in Salt Lake City