Man’s quest to mow lawns in 50 states brings him to Casper (Photos)

Rodney Smith takes a selfie with Casper Police Lt. Dan Dundas, Lt. Ryan Dabney, officer Jake Bigelow, and homeowners Dan and Barbara Atencio on Tuesday afternoon in Casper. Alabama native Smith is enlisting the help of local law enforcement as he mows lawns in all 50 states. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. – Rodney Smith Jr. is on a mission. Again.

The founder of Raising Men Lawn Care Service is traveling the country for the sixth time, mowing lawns in ever state along the way.

On this tour he’s enlisting the help of local law enforcement, asking police to push a mower for veterans and elderly in their communities.

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The Huntsville, Alabama native says he’s doing it to bring communities together.

Lt. Ryan Dabney signs Rodney Smith’s lawnmower before mowing a lawn in Casper on Tuesday afternoon. The mower has signatures from law enforcement workers from around the country. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

“I decided to do something special for the police,” said Smith, “just team up with police officers and show the rest of the United States that there are so many good police officers out there.”

Dan and Barbara Atencio’s lawn was chosen on Tuesday. One of their sons is friends with a Casper Police officer and the ball got rolling. Dan is a military veteran, and three of their sons are in the military.

“We’ve been through eight deployments,” said Barbara. “I’m very proud of them, I can’t do anything but be proud, but it’s scary for a parent.”

Smith, who reports his daily activities on his Twitter and Facebook pages, wasn’t sure of the exact number of states he was on. He guessed Wyoming was 34 or 35. He says he relies on community support for hotels and travel expenses.

He’s in Billings, Montana, today and then off to Idaho.

Rodney Smith wears pins from local law enforcement agencies in cities his visited during his quest to mow lawns in all 50 states. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Rodney Smith prepares the lawnmower before starting on Tuesday afternoon. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Rodney Smith records video for his social media account as Lt. Dan Dundas mows on Tuesday afternoon. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)