Community gives input on future of Axtell Bridge

Gallatin County, in coordination with the Montana Department of Transportation, held an open house this week to gather community input on potential Axtell Bridge replacement options.

Dozens of community members attended the meeting Tuesday night in Gallatin Gateway to ask questions and let the Gallatin County Commission hear what was important to them.

Most of the initial feedback received at the meeting reflected an understanding of the need for a new structure without the size, weight and single-lane limitations. Opportunities for roadway safety improvements, improved Fish, Wildlife and Parks fishing site access, and creative ideas on how to best handle the existing 100-year-old bridge were also discussed.

The Gallatin County Commission will continue to welcome public comment and notify MDT of their preference moving forward with the project in the November-December timeframe.

The Axtell Bridge, located on Axtell Anceny Road, is a one-lane truss bridge south of Four Corners. Gallatin County is weighing three options for replacement through the MDT off-system bridge program: replacing the bridge with a two-lane bridge and re-aligning the road near the ends of the bridge, replacing the bridge in its current location, and rehabilitating the old bridge.

You can email public comment to the Gallatin County Commission at commission@gallatin.mt.gov, or mail comments to 311 W. Main St. room 306, Bozeman, MT 59715.

Fundraiser established to support Deputy Allmendinger’s family

A team of community members has come together to help support the family of a beloved Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office deputy who lost his life in the line of duty.

On Tuesday night, the group created an online fundraiser seeking donations to help the family of Deputy Jake Allmendinger, who was killed in a tragic accident in the Bridger Mountains on the night of Oct. 19.

Organizers have a unique goal – they are hoping to get donations from 100,000 people – donations as small as just a couple of dollars.

“We want everybody to feel like they can contribute and make a difference,” said Tony Johnson, one of many team members who are helping with fundraising efforts.

And even if you can’t donate financially, organizers hope people will simply share the link to the fundraiser with their family, friends and coworkers to help spread the word.

A link to the GoFundMe site can be found here.

A fundraiser for the family was also established last week by the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association. A link to info on that fundraiser can be found here.

These are the ONLY two fundraisers authorized by the Allemendinger family. If anyone else calls asking for money for the Allmendingers, please report it to law enforcement.

Media Protocol for Allmendinger Funeral

 

For media interested in attending the funeral of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jake Allmendinger, please see our media protocol.

Please understand that we want to work with all media to get you what you need for your stories. But the family and their wishes are our top priority.

If you have any questions, please contact Gallatin County Communications Coordinator Whitney Bermes at 595-8963 or whitney.bermes@gallatin.mt.gov.

Morning Update on Allmendinger Line of Duty Death

FULL FUNERAL DETAILS

Thursday, Oct. 24

Public Viewing

There will be a public viewing at Dahl Funeral & Cremation Service from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday. The funeral home is located at 300 Highland Blvd. in Bozeman.

 

Friday, Oct. 25

Procession

A procession of hundreds of law enforcement and first responders will help escort Jake from the funeral home to Journey Church for Friday morning’s service. The procession will begin on East Main Street at approximately 8:45 a.m. and head west and continue onto Huffine Lane. Vehicles will then turn north onto Love Lane and head to Journey Church, at the intersection of Baxter and Love lanes.

We encourage folks to line the procession routes to show their support of Jake’s family and the law enforcement and first responder communities.

Traffic

Drivers can expect long delays on Main Street during the procession. Please take alternate routes and avoid Main Street if possible.

Traffic will also be impacted at the intersection of Jackrabbit and Baxter lanes between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. as processional vehicles cross Jackrabbit to park. Please find alternate routes if possible.

Parking

Parking for the public will be at the Commons, located at 1794 Baxter Lane East. Traffic will be heavy in the area as the procession arrives, so please plan on getting to the church early to avoid further traffic congestion.

Service

The service is tentatively scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. That start time could be pushed back while we wait for the entire procession to arrive at the church, so please be patient. The service is scheduled to last approximately two hours.

Reception

A reception with light refreshments will follow immediately after the service.

Livestream

For those unable to attend, the service will be livestreamed online at the following link: https://gallatincomt.virtualtownhall.net/sheriffs-office

Media

Media will be allowed in the church for the service. Later today, we will be sending out rules for media who are planning to attend, so keep an eye out for that.

For any questions, please contact Gallatin County Communications Coordinator Whitney Bermes at 595-8963.

Evening Update on Allmendinger Line of Duty Death

(Gallatin County, Mont) Oct. 23 evening update on the line of duty death of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jake Allmendinger:

As of tonight, there are 226 law enforcement and first responder vehicles carrying 462 people from 75 agencies coming to escort Jake to the ceremony at the Commons on Friday. The procession will leave from Dahl’s Funeral Home on East Main around 8:45. Most of the vehicles will be coming from East Frontage Road to join the line. The procession will go west on Main Street and Huffine Lane to Love Lane, then north to Baxter and the Commons. The public is invited to line the route to pay their respect to Jake. Drivers can expect lengthy delays and may want to plan on an alternate route.

A detailed schedule will be released tomorrow.

Morning Update on Allmendinger Line of Duty Death

(Gallatin County, Mont.) Oct. 23 morning update on the line of duty death of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jake Allmendinger:

Procession route

Law enforcement and first responder vehicles from around the region will be taking part in a procession prior to Deputy Jake Allmendinger’s funeral service on Friday, Oct. 25.

The procession will begin on East Main Street at approximately 8:45 a.m. It will continue west on Main Street to Huffine Lane. The procession will then turn north on Love Lane and head to the Commons at Baxter and Love, where Jake’s service is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

We encourage people to line the procession route to show support for Jake’s family and the law enforcement and first responder community.

Drivers can expect long delays on Main Street as the procession moves through Bozeman. Please take alternate routes and avoid Main Street if possible.

Prior to the procession, vehicles will be staging off of Frontage Road, east of Bozeman. Frontage Road will remain open, but be aware that there will be a large presence of law enforcement and first responder vehicles in that area starting at 7 a.m. Friday.

For more information on funeral services, please visit www.readygallatin.com/jake.

Evening Update on Allmendinger Line of Duty Death

(Gallatin County, Mont) Oct. 22 evening update on the line of duty death of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jake Allmendinger:

Planning Operations

Planning continues for the funeral. Forty members of GCSO, Gallatin County Emergency Management, Gallatin County 911, Montana Highway Patrol, Bozeman Fire Department, Bozeman Police Department, Hyalite Fire Department, and Broadwater County Sheriff’s Office are working on everything needed for a line of duty death funeral, including an honor guard and bagpipe for the ceremony, parking for the vehicles lining up for the procession, and food for family, planners, and the reception. Arrangements are being made for the public safety responders coming from 21 agencies around Montana and South Dakota so far. Other planners are working closely with the family to make sure their needs guide all decisions and taking care of our local first responders.

Baxter Lane

Plans have changed and Baxter Lane will NOT be closed during the ceremony Friday. Sorry for any confusion. There are a lot of moving pieces in this process.

Media Opportunity

Sheriff Brian Gootkin will be available to talk to reporters at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Gallatin County Coordination Center, 219 E. Tamarack at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds. There will also be an opportunity to tour the planning operations. If you have any questions, contact Whitney Bermes, 406-595-8963.

Morning Update on Allmendinger Line of Duty Death

 

(Gallatin County, Mont) October 22 morning update on the line of duty death of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jake Allmendinger:

Support

We greatly appreciate the support we have received from around the county, the state, and the country. From all of the calls, texts, Facebook messages and comments, cards, treats, and flowers, to the assistance from other agencies, we are overwhelmed by the love people have showed us during this difficult time.

The fundraiser through the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association for Jake’s family has been doing great.

While we are aware there may be other fundraisers, the family has requested that folks go through the MSPOA. One hundred percent of money donated to this fund go directly to Jake’s family.

We also encourage monetary donations to ensure no donations go to waste.

Here is a link to info on how folks can donate.

Procession

On Wednesday morning, we will release details about the procession route. Sheriff Brian Gootkin will be available for interviews with the media on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 11 a.m. at the Gallatin County Coordination Center at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds. Reporters will be able to tour the center to get footage and photos of the planning process.

Reporters, please contact Gallatin County Communications Coordinator Whitney Bermes with any questions.
Cell: 595-8963
Email: whitney.bermes@gallatin.mt.gov

Evening Update on Allmendinger Line of Duty Death

(Gallatin County, Mont) October 21 evening update on the line of duty death of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jake Allmendinger:

Funeral Ceremony

The funeral ceremony will be at the Commons Friday, Oct. 25 at 10 am. There will be a procession through town to the Commons beforehand. More details will follow as they are solidified.

Donations

The Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association fund for Jake’s family has raised over $10,000 already, thanks to many generous and thoughtful people. For information on how to donate go to https://www.readygallatin.com/jake/.

First Responder Family

We are taking care of our law enforcement and first responder families today. Chaplains and counselors are arranging sessions for the dispatchers, law enforcement, search and rescue volunteers, and firefighters who helped bring Jake home and for his coworkers.

Agency Assist

It takes a lot of people to organize a line of duty death funeral and we couldn’t do it without other agencies. As always, in Montana neighbors come together to get things done. We are grateful for the help we are getting from Gallatin County 911, Gallatin County Emergency Management, Bozeman Police Department, Bozeman Fire Department, Hyalite Fire Department, Montana Highway Patrol, Park County Sheriff’s Office, Broadwater County Sheriff’s Office, Lewis and Clark Sheriff’s Office, and Helena Police Department.

Morning update on Allmendinger line of duty death

Oct. 21 morning update on the line of duty death of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jake Allmendinger:

Escort to Billings

This morning, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office was joined by 14 other law enforcement and fire responder agencies in escorting Deputy Jake Allmendinger to the state medical examiner’s office in Billings.

“We haven’t left Jake’s side and we won’t. This escort is about showing our respect for one of our own who died in the line of duty,” Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said.

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office led the escort. Agencies that also took part in helping to escort Jake to Billings included police departments from Bozeman, Belgrade, Livingston and Billings; sheriff’s offices from Broadwater, Carbon, Lewis and Clark, Park, Sweet Grass and Yellowstone counties; and the Montana Highway Patrol, U.S. Forest Service, Bozeman Fire Department and American Medical Response.

Here is video of the procession leaving Dahl Funeral Chapel in Bozeman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OLcs4wgDtU&feature=youtu.be

Donation fund set up

For those looking to help, a fund to help the Allmendinger family during this difficult time has been set up through the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association.

We highly encourage folks to donate monetarily rather than with food or other items to best ensure their donations are used most effectively and don’t go to waste.

Monetary donations can be made in the following ways:

Check:

Make checks out to MSPOA and write “Allmendinger Family” in the memo line and send to:

MSPOA
PO Box 794
Helena, MT 59624

Phone

Call MSPOA and pay with credit card.
406-443-5669

Online

Donate on the web page: https://www.mspoa.org/donate
All payments are processed through PayPal.

This is our general “donate” option on the MSPOA website, but all donations made from today through November 21, 2019 will be considered for Jake.

New web page created for information

A public page has been set up on the Ready Gallatin website where we will post up-to-date information that will include funeral service details, ways to donate and more. The website link is: https://www.readygallatin.com/jake/