Celebration of Life For Todd Hanawalt



Contact: Greg Klick
Company: Summit Air Ambulance
Telephone:  208-453-8400
Cell phone:208-789-4113
Email: gklick@summitairambulance.com

Celebration of Life For Todd Hanawalt
Scheduled at Summit Air Ambulance Hangar

Caldwell, Idaho, July 31, 2013 — A celebration of Summit Air Ambulance pilot Todd Hanawalt’s life will be held Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the Summit Air Ambulance hangar at the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport. The street address is 200 Gallatin Field Road, Belgrade, MT, 59714.

All of Todd’s colleagues from EMS agencies, ambulance services, fire service, law enforcement and other public service agencies are invited to attend as we remember our fallen brother.

Carpooling is suggested where possible, as parking may be limited.  Every effort will be made to provide appropriate parking arrangements for on-duty emergency vehicles.

About Summit Air Ambulance

Summit Air Ambulance is a regional leader in air medical transportation.  The company owns and operates a fleet of Pilatus PC-12 fixed-wing aircraft and Augusta 109E Power helicopters that are used for interfacility hospital transportation and emergency scene response.   The company operates a rotor-wing base in Bozeman, Montana; a rotor-wing/fixed-wing base in Elko, Nevada; and a fixed-wing base in Reno, Nevada.  Summit Air Ambulance’s corporate office, communications center, and maintenance facility are located at the Caldwell Industrial Airport in Caldwell, Idaho.


Missing Belgrade Teen

Belgrade, Mont.-

On July 12, 2013, Sixteen year old Lane Leo Noakes was reported as missing by his father.  His father advised that Lane left his Belgrade residence on July 3, 2013 and was supposed to be staying with a friend in Livingston until July 4th when they believed he would return home. A friend of the family reported possibly sighting Lane at the Rainbow Family Gathering in Jackson, Montana, several days later.  Lane has not been in contact with his family since.

Interviews have been conducted with possible friends and associates of Lane’s, however they cannot/will not reveal his current whereabouts.  Assistance has been requested from numerous law enforcement agencies around the state but have yielded few results thus far.

On July 31, 2013, Gallatin County Dispatch was contacted by a male caller who claimed to have sighted Lane at a convenience store, somewhere in the state of Washington.  The call, which was placed to a non-emergency number, was not traced and the caller hung up before dispatchers could get an exact location or return phone number.

Lane is described as a Caucasian male with medium length hair and brown eyes.  He is 5′ 10″ tall and weighs approximately 210 pounds.  He has piercings in both ears and in his bottom lip.  He has scars on his forearms and is believed to be wearing jeans, a t-shirt, a red or black hooded sweatshirt, and possibly a headband.  Attached are two photographs provided by family members.

The Belgrade Police Department is seeking information from anyone who may know the current whereabouts of Lane Noakes. He has been entered as a missing person and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has been notified. Persons with information are urged to call local law enforcement or the Belgrade Police Department at 406.388.4262.  The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children can be reached at  1-800-THE-LOST   (1-800-843-5678) or www.missingkids.com.


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Sergeant Dustin E. Lensing

Detective Division

Belgrade Police Department

Ph:   406.388.4262

Fax: 406.388.4708



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On July 25, 2013 at 6:26 PM the Gallatin County Dispatch Center received a report of two missing hikers in the area of Moonlight Basin and the Cedar Lake Trail.  The missing hikers were a part of a group of 27 people that had been hiking in the area that day.  The caller was with the group also and was a member of the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue.  The missing hikers were healthy and in good shape and avid hikers, but were unfamiliar with the area and were not equipped to spend the night in the woods.  Rescuers from Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Big Sky section responded to the scene.  Searchers started the search at 8:20 PM by foot.  Deputies from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office checked other trailheads that the couple may have ended up at had they taken a wrong trail.  Searchers located the missing hikers near their last known location at 9:03 PM.  They were tired but uninjured.  The male and female hikers had taken a wrong fork in a trail intersection and had hiked in the wrong direction for a time.  They realized their mistake and returned to the location they had made the wrong turn.  Since neither hiker was totally certain of the correct direction out, they made a campfire and made preparations to spend the night.  Searchers used a whistle to locate the couple and one of the hikers had a whistle with her to answer back, which greatly assisted searchers in locating them.  The two hikers were led out by the Rescue team without incident.

Have You Seen This Vehicle?

Note the Date Change

The following pictures from the parking lot of the Cats Paw are of a red Toyota 4 Runner, possibly 1989-1996 model, and a silver or gold Chevy Suburban or Tahoe. The occupants of the these vehicles may have been at the Gallatin County Fair, and may have important informtion regarding the investigation into the assault of an 8 year old female during the early morning hours of July 19, 2013. There were at least four college aged males affiliated with these two vehicles.  If you have any information please contact Detective Pallach at 406-582-2100 or Crime Stoppers at 406-586-1131.4-runner



Sheriff for a Day


The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with Monforton School has sponsored a “Sheriff for a day” event. This item was auctioned off at the Monforton School Art Fair. The winning bidder, a 6 year old Monforton student, will be the honorary Sheriff for a day on Thursday July 25th, 2013. If any media outlet is interested in an interview with this student and the Sheriff, they will be available at the Law and Justice Center at 10:00 AM on July 25th.   

 Undersheriff Dan Springer

Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office

615 S. 16th Ave.

Bozeman, MT. 59715


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Emigrant Fire Update

For Immediate Release Contact: Karen Tuscano 406-223-2028
Date: July 21, 2013

Emigrant Fire

LIVINGSTON, MT… Thunderstorms that rolled through the area on Wednesday afternoon ignited a small fire on Emigrant Mountain in the Paradise Valley south of Livingston. The fire was reported at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 21, 2013. As of 2:30 Sunday afternoon, the fire was approximately 5 acres.
Four firefighters are currently on the Emigrant Fire, and 16 smoke jumpers have been ordered and will be on scene soon. A helicopter from Yellowstone National Park is helping firefighters on the ground with bucket drops.
The fire is burning in timber with mixed live and beetle killed trees. Along with burning some of the dead and downed trees, single and small group tree torching has been observed.
There are no closures currently in effect due to the fire. Please contact the Livingston Office for more information at 406-222-1892 on Monday through Friday, 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.
The fire danger in the Gallatin National Forest is “Moderate”. The weather forecast is calling for continued warm and dry conditions for the next few days.


Ressler Hazardous Materials Exercise Success


Release Number: 130719-01
Contact:  Patrick Lonergan, (406) 582-2350

Ressler Hazardous Materials Exercise Success

Bozeman, MT – Rae-Sourdough Fire Departments and the regional hazardous materials team completed a successful hazardous materials release exercise Thursday evening at Ressler Motors.  This exercise is part of the HazMat team’s outreach effort to enhance the ability of local fire departments to support the team during incidents.  Over 30 firefighters participated in the exercise which concluded around 10:00 PM Thursday with an after action review in which firefighters captured what worked well and where improvements can be made.

For the exercise Rae-Sourdough Fire Departments were dispatched to Ressler Motors for several people that had been exposed to something and were having medical issues.  Upon arrival the fire department encountered people that needed to be rescued and decontaminated.  The regional hazardous materials team was then dispatched to contain and identify the chemicals.  All the responders worked jointly to properly identify what turned out to be a chemical suicide attempt in a car.

Creating realistic training opportunities like these are critical in developing and maintaining experience in our local responders.  This was a successful inter agency effort which enhanced the community’s ability to respond to large incidents and strengthened the relationships among responders.  The exercise was made possible with support from Ressler Motors and Montana State University – Safety and Risk Management.


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Emergency Personnel Currently Conducting Training Exercise

GCEM Media Release

Release Number: 130718-01
Contact: Patrick Lonergan, (406) 582-2350

Emergency Personnel Currently Conducting Training Exercise

Bozeman, MT – The local Hazardous Materials Response Team and Rae-Sourdough Fire Departments are currently conducting a training exercise at the Ressler Auto Center on Huffine.  People in the area will likely seen emergency vehicles and personnel working on a simulated hazardous materials spill.  This is only an exercise.



(Bozeman, Mont.) The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) and Gallatin County Commission have contracted with Madison, Park, Sweetgrass, Lewis and Clark, and Yellowstone counties along with the Montana Department of Corrections and the US Marshal’s Office for inmate services.  In FY 2013 (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013) the GCSO billed these agencies approximately $ 1.1 million dollars for housing inmates in our detention center (DC).  Over $400,000 of that revenue will be in a fund for future expansion of the DC when necessary.  The other revenue may be used for GCSO equipment, vehicles, and part time employees for the DC.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sheriff Gootkin or the County Commission. 582-2125 or 582-3000 #####