Sheridan area first responders will be honored this year as combined grand marshals of the 88th Sheridan WYO Rodeo parade. Thus, the parade theme is “Hats Off to Sheridan’s First Responders.” The Sheridan WYO Rodeo board of directors is pleased to honor this very special group of people.
All area first responders have been invited to participate in the parade. They include Sheridan Fire and Rescue, Sheridan City Fire Department, fire districts, Sheridan Police Department, Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office, Sheridan Area Search and Rescue, Sheridan County fire wardens, Wyoming Highway Patrol, Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Rocky Mountain Ambulance. It is expected that many of the invitees will accept the invitation although the final numbers are not known at this time.
Traditionally, the parade is led by a police car and fire engine with lights flashing. This year it’s likely there will be many more. It might be a real light show. Invitees have been encouraged to “be creative” with their representation in the parade, so we’ll see what they come up with. It’s bound to be interesting.
It may take quite a while for the combined grand marshals to pass in revue in the parade. We encourage the folks lining the parade route to give their full attention to the first responders and show due respect and appreciation to these important people in our community.
Not only are they fellow citizens and neighbors, they are always there for us in their various capacities. We depend on them for the protection of ourselves and our property, and they should never be taken for granted.
First responders’ activity will not be limited to participation in the Friday morning parade. They have also been invited to the Friday night Sheridan WYO Rodeo performance where they will catch the giant United States flag when Dana Bowman, Sgt. First Class (U.S. Army Ret.) parachutes into the arena before the performance. The descent of Sgt. Bowman and the flag is always an impressive and patriotic moment; it will be even more special with the participation of the first responders.
Friday of rodeo week is going to be a special day when the Sheridan WYO Rodeo and the community honor our first responders. Join in and take your hat off to our first responders. By the way, we don’t have to honor them just during rodeo week. They deserve a “hats off” all the time.
Tom Ringley is a member of the Sheridan WYO Rodeo board.