Wednesday, August 14th, marks five years since the death of Cascade County Sheriff's Deputy Joseph James Dunn.
Dunn, 33 years old, was fatally hit by a vehicle driven by a suspect in a high-speed chase with deputies on Highway 87 near Belt in 2014.
The suspect was captured after heading back to Great Falls and sentenced to life in prison without parole for murder in 2015.
Dunn's death marked the fifth officer fatality by vehicular assault in the state.
According to the Officer Down Memorial page, nearly 130 Montana officers have lost their lives in the line of duty.
To mark the somber anniversary, MTN News talked with Bob Edwards, who was the Cascade County Sheriff when Dunn lost his life in the line of duty.
In recognition of five years since the loss of Deputy Dunn, current Cascade County Sheriff Jesse Slaughter contacted Robynn Dunn for her statement about Joe’s memory:
“Dear Cascade County law enforcement and citizens, you have done so well at honoring our Joe and remembering his brave act and sacrifice. Beyond that you have done so well to remember who Joe was aside from his job. I will always feel so humbled that God allowed me to be his wife and the mother of his children. I still have a hard time grasping the reality that he is no longer with us but no matter how hard it gets we have this hope: we will see him again and God continues to show His love and comfort to us. Thank you for always remembering, what a comfort it is to the kids and I and Joe‘s whole family.”