Fall on the M Trail

At 2:30 on Friday June 15, Gallatin County Dispatch received a report that an 84-year-old man had fallen on the M trail and needed medical assistance. He was half a mile up from the parking lot and could not walk out on his own. Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue was dispatched with a Deputy SAR Coordinator. AMR ambulance and Bridger Canyon Fire Dept responded as well. The man was quickly reached by rescuers and found to have numerous  cuts and abrasions, especially to his head. He was assessed, packaged on the one-wheel litter, and carried down to the ambulance for transport to Bozeman Health. The exact extent of the man’s injuries is not known at this time.

Sheriff Brian Gootkin reminds everyone that accidents can happen in the mountains, even near town, and that it takes longer to get help. Always be prepared to stay out longer than expected.

That night, the swiftwater team of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue was dispatched to assist Park County.

Yellowstone Club Threat

On May 30, 2018 the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office was made aware of a concerning graffiti message left in a portable bathroom located at a Yellowstone Club Core Village construction site. The message read, “Job site shooting 5/31/18 lunch bring family.” Yellowstone Club Security advised the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office of the threat and their concerns.

On May 31 the Sheriff’s Office assigned deputies along with Montana Highway Patrol to the Yellowstone Club to assist Yellowstone Club Security with maintaining a higher level of alertness. The Yellowstone Club gave its employees the day off and construction crews were given the choice to stay home or work. The employees who showed up for work worked a half day and the day went without incident.

It is currently unknown who wrote the message but the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to work with the Yellowstone Club Security in identifying the author.

Sheriff Gootkin wants to remind everyone that all threats of violence are taken seriously. If you see something, say something.

Escaped Boat Retrieved

Around 2 pm on May 28, 2018, a resident who lives along the Gallatin River in Gallatin Canyon observed a yellow pontoon-type boat float down river upside-down and without anyone around it, and called 911.

Numerous Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue members from the Valley and Big Sky responded to the area in an attempt to locate the boat’s owner. The boat owner was located near the Lava Lake bridge; he was uninjured and had been out of the river for quite some time. The boat was removed from the river by other recreationalists and Search and Rescue members downriver.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind everyone to carry appropriate gear when floating the river. If you are separated from your boat, get to shore as quickly as possible and have someone relay your condition and a description of your boat to Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office as soon as possible.

Spring Run-off Eats Kayaks

 

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone to please use extra caution while enjoying rivers and streams during the high water and spring run-off period. Our rivers and streams are running very fast with increased volume that can hide dangerous obstructions from view. If you lose a boat or kayak, please contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately so they don’t activate Search and Rescue to look for you.

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.

Events for the Montana Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony, May 8

Montana Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony, May 8

10:00-11:00 Honor Guard will be posted at the memorial sites near Three Forks for local officers who have been killed in the line of duty:

  • Broadwater County Sheriff’s Deputy Mason Moore – Highway 287
  •  Trooper David DeLaittre – Montana 2

The public is invited to stop at the sites and pay their respects.

10:30 A marked procession of law enforcement vehicles will start near Wheat Montana, then go past both memorials and through Three Forks. The public is invited to watch the procession.

1:00 – 2:00 Ceremony at the Commons at Baxter and Love. The public is encouraged to attend. The Program is attached.

This is an annual statewide event to honor all current and former law enforcement officers and pay tribute to the courageous men and women who have lost their lives protecting us. It rotates around the state and last year it was in Havre. This year it is in Gallatin County to honor Deputy Mason Moore. It is hosted by the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Bozeman Police Department, and the Montana Highway Patrol. All local law enforcement agencies are participating in the ceremony and 500-700 people are expected to attend, including law enforcement agencies from around the state.

The National Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony is at the National Peace Officer’s Memorial in Washington DC on May 15. Mason Moore’s family, Broadwater County Sheriff Meehan, and members of the Broadwater County Sheriff’s Office will be attending.

Contact:

  • Capt Jeff Wade, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, (406) 582-2131
  • Sgt Travis Munter, Bozeman Police Department, (406) 548-5707
  • Sgt Pat McLaughlin, Montana Highway Patrol, (406) 579-3943

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Press Conference Monday – May Law Enforcement Memorial Activities

(Gallatin County, Mont) Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Bozeman Police Department, and Montana Highway Patrol will be hosting a Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony at The Commons on May 8. It will honor all current and former law enforcement officers and pay tribute to the courageous men and women who have lost their lives protecting us.

Sheriff Brian Gootkin, Chief Steve Crawford, and Colonel Tom Butler will hold a press conference on Monday, April 23, at 10:30 in the Gallatin County Detention Center Community Room.

Contact: Capt Jeff Wade, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, (406) 582-2131

Sgt Travis Munter, Bozeman Police Department, (406) 548-5707

Sgt Pat McLaughlin, Montana Highway Patrol, (406) 579-3943

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