2:30 p.m., Feb. 11, 2013

Super troopers: Campus cops have prime experience

YoungBill EagleChild RunningFisher

Aliie Hurley, features editor

YoungBill EagleChild RunningFisher

A Blackfeet Indian from north central Montana, YoungBill EagleChild RunningFisher has been in law enforcement for 18 years. He began his career in Atlanta, Ga., in Dekalb County, which is one of the toughest areas to work in the metro Atlanta area.

Then he worked his way up to a federal agency command with Department of Homeland Security-Federal Emergency Management Agency. There, he commanded a 12-person emergency response team covering Region 6, which is the entire southeastern United States.

He also had a unique experience working with some of the biggest events and disasters in the nation’s history.

“I first got involved in FEMA back in 2001 with the 9/11 terrorist attacks all the way through Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and Ike to name a few,” RunningFisher said.

He was an officer assigned to guard the state of Wyoming Disability Determination Service building and is a former chief of police with the Bureau of Indian Affairs at King Mountain.

He comes from a long line of law enforcement officers as his great-great-grandfather was the first captain of the Indian police with the BIA, and it has passed on from father to son for the past 124 years.

RunningFisher has degrees in business, criminal justice and emergency management. Since June 2011, Runningfisher has been a part-time campus safety officer at Laramie County Community College.

Bob Atkinson

Aliie Hurley, features editor

Bob Atkinson

spent 20 years in California as a deputy sheriff. He’s been an adjunct instructor at a police academy and spent 10 years at a high school for campus safety. Atkinson has also had 20 years’ experience in the Marine Corps and received a Purple Heart.

Because of California’s high costs, Atkinson moved to Wyoming. He spoke with Laramie County Community College’s security director at the time and was hired on the spot, and he has served two years. Atkinson was also a full-time campus safety officer, serving as interim director.

“If anyone has any questions, concerns and safety ideas, they should come and see me. I’d be happy to listen,” Adkinson said. He wants students to feel comfortable coming to school and have someone protecting them. He enjoys the students at LCCC including his son who “should major in ESPN.” So far Atkinson has had a good experience at LCCC.

Jeff Graham

has been a part-time safety officer for five years. He has a master’s of rehabilitation counseling from Utah State University. At the University of Wyoming, he received a bachelor of arts in social science and administration of justice. Graham is a certified rehabilitation counselor and served on the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Graham is the deputy administrator for the Disability Determination Services, having worked for the state of Wyoming for 19 years.

He served in the military for five years, two with the Wyoming Air National Guard as a security specialist and three on active duty with the Army as a military intelligence analyst.

As a safety officer, Graham is responsible for the safety of students, faculty, staff and others who come to the campus for various purposes. He said he is responsible for ensuring that property is not damaged or stolen and ensuring that facilities are safe for public use.

Graham said his objective is to be highly visible and accessible to all individuals on campus. He can be found patrolling the campus on foot or in a vehicle.

While on the job, Graham said he enjoyed speaking with people and is curious about what brought them to LCCC.

“I enjoy hearing successful outcomes from students who have worked and studied diligently to receive high marks in their courses, discussing what courses they enjoy and those courses that are challenging,” Graham said. “I also enjoy speaking with the faculty members.”

Graham also said he has grieved the loss of students who have committed suicide. “These students had so much to offer but chose to end their lives prematurely,” he said.

Not only is Graham a graduate from LCCC, but it’s where he and his wife met. Graham called LCCC special, and it’s where he plans to send his children.

Graham has been married for 21 years and has four teenagers. He enjoys running and reading.

He wants students to know he is friendly and approachable and is available to assist them, especially in a time of crisis.