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"A kind, gentle soul": Funeral for Montana deputy who died on duty brings tears and memories

Huge crowd gathers to honor Jake Allmendinger, who died last week
Posted at 8:03 PM, Oct 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-25 23:24:31-04

Deputy Sheriff Jake Allmendinger was honored and remembered today by family, friends, law enforcement and members of the community.

Allmendinger was killed in an accident last week, while responding to a call up Fairy Lake Road in Bozeman.

Speakers at the funeral service remembered Allmendinger as a kind, gentle soul who loved his wife and three children.

“He was an amazing father, husband, son, brother. Jake was a blessing to our family,” said Allmendinger’s brother, Josh Allmendinger.

His big heart and passion for helping people lead him to success as a dispatcher and deputy at the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

“Saturday, when he asked Ryan to hop in his rig and head up that mountain (to respond to call where he died), he was doing what he loved,” said Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin.

Around 1,200 people from across the county and state attended Allmendinger’s service at Journey Church.

All members from the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office were invited to attend the service.

Other agencies like the Bozeman and Belgrade police departments and the Montana Highway Patrol covered calls during the funeral.

Family members, close friends and the people from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office painted a life picture of Allmendinger.

Montana Highway Patrol trooper, Wade Palmer, who was seriously injured on duty earlier this year, was also in attendance at the funeral.