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Montana Highway Patrol ‘eternally thankful’ for safe return of Palmer, Blanchard

STEVENSVILLE – A sigh of relief crossed the state of Montana this weekend. 

As of Saturday, the two victims fighting to survive after the tragic shooting this past March are finally home.

The incident stunned all of Montana and was discussed throughout the nation.

Now, Trooper Palmer and Casey Blanchard are finally home.

The community of Stevensville, where both Blanchard and Palmer reside, made sure to show their support and give the two men a hero’s welcome.

Jon Vercruyssen, a Stevensville resident says, ” he’s one of the nicest guys. One of the most genuine people you could ask for. Just a great friend and neighbor they’re just good individuals that have done their jobs their whole lives.”

Attorney General Tim Fox spoke at a press conference when Palmer returned home.

“I want to recognize the fraternal order of police Utah chapter who took care of the families needs and the Montana Hwy Patrol’s needs and again even the needs of some of the shooting victims. Who was ultimately transferred to the same hospital that Wade was in Casey Blanchard and his wife we are in particular all of these organizations and individuals including the Utah highway patrol really went above and beyond the call today really take care of one of their own.”

These men are now sleeping in their own beds in their hometown. But some of the most difficult challenges may be yet to come.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer, left, and Casey Blanchard, right, are both back home in Stevensville after surviving a shooting spree in March. (Montana Highway Patrol)