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Montana sheriff offers gratitude for support in time of loss

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Sheriff Wynn Meehan (MTN News file photo) Sheriff Wynn Meehan (MTN News file photo)

Two days after the shooting death of Deputy Mason Moore, the sheriff of the Broadwater County thanked people who have reached out to the law enforcement community.

Sheriff Wynn M. Meehan expressed his sadness and gratitude on a social media post.

"First off, I want to express my deepest heartfelt condolences to Mason Moore's family, his wife Jodi, his children, his mother, brother, extended family for the loss of your husband, father, brother and son.  I have no words to take away the pain you all feel, but we at the Sheriffs' Office are here day or night, rain or snow for anything you need," Meehan wrote.

Meehan went on to recognize the citizens of Montana for reaching out during a tragic moment for law enforcement.

"To all the folks that in the great state of Montana that have called me, texted me or messaged me, please know it has not gone unnoticed, I have tried to reply the best I can and as times allows, I will respond to you," Meehan stated. "Please understand this has been my greatest fear as the Sheriff and I am trying to deal with it in the best way I can.

To all the Public Safety community, police, fire and medical, the support you all have shown to Mason, myself and all of my team members has been overwhelming and I again have no words that can describe how I feel.  The jurisdictional boundaries cease to exist when incidents like this happen and I truly whole heartedly appreciate everyone's assistance."

Throughout the week, multiple law enforcement agencies have stepped in to assist the Broadwater County Sheriff's Office.

"There are a few agencies I need to acknowledge for the first hand everyday operational support. Sheriff Leo Dutton and his fabulous staff of the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office has been here on the ground helping in every capacity. Sheriff Brian Gootkin and all of his staff of the Gallatin County Sheriffs' Office has been side by side with me as well.  Sheriff Bob Edward and Lt. Bob Rosipal of the Cascade County Sheriff's Office, have been here daily to assist us through this tragedy and taking care of any coroner calls we have.  Sheriff Scott Hamilton and his staff of the Park County Sheriffs's Office, Chief Steve Crawford and all his staff of the Bozeman City Police Department, the Montana Sheriffs' and Peace Officers Association, the Montana HIghway Patrol, the Montana Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigations, Attorney General Tim Fox, Governor Steve Bullock and many many more agencies. I cant say enough about all of you to express how I feel about your love, your prayers, assistance, guidance and patience."

On Tuesday, Moore's body was transported to Billings for an autopsy. Hundreds of residents, including law enforcement and civilians, lined up on Billings streets to honor Moore's service.

"I would like to send a HUGE THANK YOU to two men, miles away that organized their agencies and the their community to lead us and meet us in Billings, Montana.  Sheriff Mike Linders and Chief Rich St. John, you guys for a lack of better words are simply AWESOME.  You hearts poured out to us and you welcomed my staff and I into your home town and honored my deputy, my friend and my pal Mason Moore," Meehan posted.

But the chief was far from forgiveness to the men who killed Moore in the early morning hours during a traffic stop near Three Forks.

"I want to say I have many angry emotions regarding the individuals that took the life of Mason, however this is not the platform for those. I will say Mason was the most loyal person I think I have ever met. He was a man of integrity, honor, loyalty, pride and full of self sacrifice to protect others that couldn't protect themselves. Mason loved his beautiful wife Jodi, their two young and growing sons and his beautiful daughter. He was a man of the Lord and his faith led him to doing the things he loved most. Mason never ran from danger, but confronted it head on. He is a Hero, and will always be my Hero. I thank you for your sacrifice Mason, and I have no way to ever repay you, but I promise to be here for your family as long as I live."

Meehan concluded his social media post with a plea to recognize the sacrifice of Deputy Mason Moore.

"I ask my friends, my colleagues, my community and this wonderful State of Montana, to observe a moment of silence today in memory of Mason and to send your thoughts and prayers to Jodi and the kids.

Thank you all again.

Rest in Peace Mason, I will take it from here.

Sheriff Wynn M. Meehan"


Law enforcement officers escort the body of Deputy Mason Moore

Deputy Mason Moore the 129th Montana peace officer killed on duty

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