The Sheridan Police Department is aware of claims by this group [the Westboro Baptist Church] that they will be in Sheridan to protest at this funeral. This group has made that claim previously for funerals of Wyoming Veterans and has not shown up. There is a state statute that requires that any protesters must stay 300 feet away from any funeral or cemetery. The Police Department intends to enforce that.
I have been informed that the family has asked that only those invited attend the funeral and thanks the community for its support.
This is a group that thrives on attention and we would ask that if in the event there are any protesters, please allow the Police Department to handle the situation and respect the privacy request of this family.
As Mayor I appreciate the support this community shows to its Veterans and their families. Please pray for Jesse Cerwick, his family and for the safety of our troops around the world.
Mayor of Sheridan