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Sheriff’s deputy and mom was role model for Burgen brothers’ path to first responder careers

CPD officer Casson Burgen, NCSO Deputy Deanne Burgen, and NCFD firefighter Leighton Burgen (Casper Police Department, Facebook)

CASPER, Wyo. — On Mother’s Day, two brothers are acknowledging the long-time Natrona County Sheriff’s deputy who inspired them to join the first responder community: their mom, Deanne Burgen.

“Any time there is a medical or fire emergency at the jail, my fire department responds there and if I’m lucky enough, I get to see my mom,” Natrona County Fire District firefighter Leighton Burgen said in a release shared Sunday by the Casper Police Department. 

His brother, Casson, is now a Casper police officer. Though they’ve yet to all be on a call together, Casson said he also runs into his mom on occasion at the book-in area.

“I think to this day, only a handful of people that I have arrested have put two and two together and realized that my mother is a deputy,” Casson said.

“We always saw our mom as a very strong role model in our lives,” Leighton said. 

“While we were younger, we never saw the negative side of the job, which was a good thing. She always came home and made the best out of her time with us kids. As we got older, we started to understand more of what the job entails. I think it drove us all to want to do good in this community and to be able to find ways to help people, for the better.”

Deanne was working in the Youth Diversion Department while the boys were growing up, and Casson said he used to worry he’d get beaten up if one of those kids recognized the connection.  

“As I started to get older, I realized that she had a huge impact on most of them. Most said they loved my mother and she had a positive impact on them,” Casson said.

For Deputy Burgen, her boys’ decision to serve the community is one she is proud of.

“As a mom, all I ever prayed for was that our kids would find true happiness and feel like what they choose to do in life makes a difference,” she said. 

“My husband and I pushed them to get involved in different things and find their passion. As a family we enjoyed activities that revolved around serving others. It makes me so proud to watch them grow and find fulfillment in the career choices they have made. It makes us as parents feel like we did a good job. I am beyond proud of the work they do every day and the difference they make in our community. I am so blessed to be their mom.”

“Thank you for always believing in me,” Casson said, “and for giving me an avenue to talk to you when dealing with crazy, unusual calls. I have been beyond lucky and blessed to have someone so supportive and caring in my life. I love you, mom.”

“Mom, you’re amazing!” Leighton added. “Thank you for everything that you have done for our family and our community. Your passion for the job and the care you show to those in need is unwavering. You deserve the absolute best this Mother’s Day. We love you!

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