Law enforcement officials, sheriff’s deputies, state troopers and Canadian Mounties got here collectively Wednesday in entrance of Montana’s Capitol constructing in Helena to honor officers who’ve died within the line of responsibility.
Greater than 100 individuals attended the 58th Nationwide Peace Officers’ Memorial Day ceremony, which was preceded by a parade of regulation enforcement autos by way of downtown Helena. Attendees heard speeches from Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins, U.S. Lawyer Kurt Alme, interim Helena Police Chief Steve Hagen and Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton.
Arlin Potts of the Blackfeet Regulation Enforcement Service attends the 2019 Montana Peace Officers’ Memorial Day ceremony along with his daughter Madeline Wednesday on the state Capitol.
Peace Officers’ Memorial Day was instituted in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy to recollect regulation enforcement officers killed within the line of responsibility. The occasion is held in numerous places round Montana every year, with Bozeman and Havre being the final two host cities.
Since 1889, 129 regulation enforcement officers in Montana and three in Lewis and Clark County have died within the line of responsibility.
“As a career, we collect to provide due to those that have laid down their life with a view to maintain the peace of this nice state and nation,” Dutton mentioned. “We’re honored to have this remembrance in Helena at the moment.”
“We’re very proud to have it in Helena,” he mentioned.
Hagen mentioned he’s grateful Helena has misplaced just one regulation enforcement officer within the final 100 years.
“We’re very fortunate,” he mentioned.
Officers with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police salute through the Peace Officers’ Memorial Day ceremony Wednesday in Helena.
The occasion was notably significant for Broadwater County Sheriff Wynn Meehan. On Might 16, 2017, Broadwater County Deputy Mason Moore was shot and killed on Freeway 12 simply outdoors of Three Forks. The suspects had anti-law enforcement views and had been decided to go on what prosecutors deemed a “suicide mission” that ended after a high-speed chase by way of a number of counties.
“It is a wound that is not healed,” Meehan mentioned. “This simply brings it up.”
The Montana Legislature lately handed Home Invoice 156, which is able to designate a stretch of Freeway 12 to Mason Moore. An indication designating the Mason Moore Memorial Freeway will probably be unveiled Thursday at mile marker 109, which is the place he was killed.
“I hope we’ll put it to mattress,” Meehan mentioned.
Moore was the final Montana regulation enforcement officer killed within the line of responsibility. Wade Palmer, a Missoula-based Freeway Patrol trooper who was shot earlier this 12 months, is presently recovering from his accidents.
Wednesday’s audio system thanked the gathered regulation enforcement officers for his or her work and reminded listeners that their job is neither simple nor protected.
“We do thank the residents who we swore an oath to guard and serve,” Dutton mentioned.