Press Briefing Tuesday Before Montana Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony

(Gallatin County, Mont) The Montana Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony is tomorrow at 1:00 at the Commons. Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin, Bozeman Police Chief Steve Crawford, Montana Highway Patrol Colonel Tom Butler, and Attorney General Tim Fox will be available to talk to reporters 12:30-12:45, before the ceremony. Location will depend on the weather.

Contact: Deborah McAtee, GCSO, 406-600-3476

Montana Law Enforcement Memorial Schedule

(Gallatin County, Mont) The Montana Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony is Tuesday. In the morning, there will be a procession through the memorial sites for Deputy Mason Moore and Trooper David Dalaittre and then through Three Forks. There will be traffic delays along US 287 from I-90 to MT Highway 2 and through Three Forks back to I-90, 10:30-11:00. There will be honor guards posted at both memorials 10:00-11:00. The public is invited to line the route at 10:30 and to visit the memorial sites throughout the day to honor Deputy Moore and Trooper Delaittre.

The ceremony will be held at the Commons at Baxter and Love, starting with the honor guard entrance at 1:00. The public is invited to join local and state law enforcement for the ceremony to honor those who have served, continue to serve, and most importantly those who lost their lives serving their community, as well as their survivors. Anyone coming for the ceremony is asked to enter the parking lot from Baxter Lane. There will be heavy law enforcement presence and traffic delays around the Commons 12:00-3:00.

Montana Law Enforcement Torch Run


Montana Law Enforcement Officers and their friends have hit the streets, highways and byways of Montana.  In addition to fulfilling their duties of enforcing speed limits, maintaining order and keeping our state safe, they are fulfilling another type of duty. They are carrying the torch for Special Olympics Montana.


Hundreds will carry the Flame of Hope 2,000 miles to the State Summer Games Opening Ceremonies in Great Falls.  The arrival of the Torch Run on Monday May 7th, 2018 and the Final Leg and lighting of the cauldron on Wednesday May 16th, 2018 will officially begin the games.


The Torch Run has made stops in numerous towns throughout the state including Scobey, Medicine Lake, Kalispell, Billings, Glasgow, Malta, Butte, Boulder, Anaconda, Cut Bank, Havre and Lewistown.  The torch will be arriving in Bozeman on Monday May 7th, 2018.


Several law enforcement agencies are participating in the run through Bozeman including the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Gallatin County Detention Center, Bozeman PD, Belgrade PD, Airport Police and Montana Highway Patrol.  The Torch Run is also receiving significant support from the fire departments as we run through the towns.


The Torch Run in Montana began in 1985. Each year, local Montana Law Enforcement Officers raise several thousand dollars for Special Olympics Montana athletes.  In 2008, the Montana LETR raised over $350,000 for local athletes and was awarded 4th highest per capita in the world.


Please join us at the Bozeman Public Library this Monday, 08 May from 0840 to 0900 for the official passing of the Torch from Park County to Gallatin County, a word from our Special Olympics athletes and then cheer on our local law enforcement and Special Olympics supporters as they run and bike the Torch from Bozeman to Three Forks.

Timeline for the torch’s travel through Gallatin County:

Leg 1 – Running Leg through Bozeman (Bozeman Library to City Brew N. 19th Ave) – 3.7 miles

Route: Main Street to s. 19th Ave – Time: 9:00 – 9:40


Leg 2 – Running Leg from N. 19th Ave. City Brew to Belgrade Town & Country – 9.6 mile

Route: E. Valley Center Rd to Alaska Rd to E. Northern Pacific Ave to E Madison Ave. – Time: 9:50 – 11:20


Leg 3 – Running Leg through Belgrade (Town & Country loop through town) – 1.0 mile

Route: Jackrabbit Rd to Main St to Broadway St to W Madison St. – Time: 11:30 – 11:45


Leg 4 – Biking Leg from Belgrade Town & Country) to Manhattan (Thriftway) – 12.7 miles

Route: Jackrabbit Rd. to Amsterdam Rd to Churchill Rd into Manhattan – Time: 12:05 – 1:15


Leg 5 – Running Leg Loop through Manhattan – 1.0 mile

Route: Broadway St to Altenbrand Ave to Dry Creek to 5th St to Railroad St to Broadway – Time: 1:25 – 1:35


Leg 6 – Biking Leg Manhattan (Thriftway) to Three Forks (Frontage & Talc Rd.) – 11.1 miles

Route: Broadway St to Frontage Road to Talc Rd – Time: 1:45 – 2:55


Leg 7 – Running Leg through Three Forks to David’s Memorial – Distance: 3.0 milesRoute: Frontage Road to 2nd Ave E. to E. Ash St to Main St to Frontage Rd. – Time: 3:05 – 3:35

**All times are approximate**

Body of Missing Doctor Found

Saturday, April 28, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue recovered the remains of Dr. Patrick J. Fitzpatrick, of Bismarck, ND. His vehicle was discovered stuck in a field south of Willow Creek on July 4, 2015.  At that time searchers combed the area for four days, using ground crews, search dogs, helicopters, airplanes, and drones, but were unable to find him. The public provided multiple leads and sightings over the next few months, all of which were followed up by Sheriff’s Investigators.  The Sheriff’s Office, with Search and Rescue volunteers continued to analyze data and develop new search plans.  In March 2017, a large ground search intensively covered the drainages north of the vehicle including using SAR divers to search Willow Creek and a nearby pond but nothing was found.

Last month, SAR deputies and search managers tried again. With no progress on any of the leads, they reviewed what had been done and thought about what else they could try. Last Saturday, 26 searchers, 8 dogs, and several GCSO deputies covered that area. A bloodhound found Dr. Fitzpatrick’s remains approximately a mile east of his vehicle on a rolling hillside, in a spot that hid it from view from any distance.

Sheriff Gootkin said, “We are pleased that we could bring Dr. Fitzpatrick’s family some closure.  The state medical examiner’s office will perform the examination of the remains but at this time, there is no indication of foul play.  Missing person investigations are very difficult.  We used every tool we had and even used some technology from Bridger Aerospace without success but we never gave up.  Hundreds of man hours were expended on this case and I want to thank the Search and Rescue volunteers for their dedication.”