(Gallatin County, Mont.) “Yesterday was an incredible event and shows how truly blessed we are to live in a place where our communities overwhelmingly support us. They are why we do what we do and Mason was a shining example of that!” Sheriff Gootkin said Wednesday.
Emergency responders from around the state and country came to pay their respects to Deputy Mason Moore. The service was attended by over 1700 people at the church and two overflow venues, and seen by hundreds more over the internet. More than 100 agencies sent 1000 public safety representatives and 610 vehicles for the procession, which stretched 7.3 miles and took nearly an hour to leave Belgrade after the service. These agencies included all local law enforcement and fire agencies; federal, state, and local agencies from all over Montana; and law enforcement from Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Idaho, Texas, Chicago, New York, Ontario (Canada), and others.
Planning for the event was done by multiple state and local agencies, including Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Broadwater County Sheriff’s Office, Lewis and Clark Sheriff’s Office, Belgrade Police Department, Montana Highway Patrol, Bozeman Police Department, Central Valley Fire, Big Sky Fire, state and local Disaster and Emergency Services offices, DNRC, and the Forest Service. Roughly 150 people pitched in on Tuesday to help the funeral go smoothly. That does not include the dozens of community members that pitched in. Gootkin said “I am sure the number of cookies baked in Three Forks this week set some kind of record. ” #####