Deputy Jake Allmendinger
It is with a heavy heart that we prepare to say goodbye to Deputy Jake Allmendinger. On October 19, he was killed in the line of duty while on a welfare check up Fairy Lake Road, in the Bridger Mountains. A recent storm had created dangerously icy road conditions and he was killed when he left his vehicle while it slid backwards on the ice.
Planning for the funeral has started and will continue through the week. On Sunday the focus was on his family and making sure they get the support they need. As difficult as this is for the GCSO family, it pales in comparison to what his family is going through. We are doing everything we can to provide the family with the help, resources, and answers they need. The goal this week is to carry out their wishes as we all say goodbye to Jake.
This morning, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office was joined by 14 other law enforcement and fire responder agencies in escorting Jake to the state medical examiner’s office in Billings. “We haven’t left Jake’s side and we won’t. This escort is about showing our respect for one of our own who died in the line of duty,” Sheriff Brian Gootkin said.
For those looking to help, a fund for the Allmendinger family has been set up through the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association. We highly encourage folks to donate monetarily rather than with food or other items to best ensure their donations are used most effectively and don’t go to waste. For more information on how to contribute through MSPOA, go here.
We want to thank everyone for their support and condolences today. It means a lot to know that our community has our back.
The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office was formed in 1865 and has had a tradition of service to our community ever since. We are responsible for general law enforcement in Gallatin County. These duties include, but are not limited to Search and Rescue, criminal investigation, general patrol, civil process, Office of the Coroner, detention, animal control, concealed weapons permits, prisoner transports, and court security.
We patrol the county's 2,517 square miles by car, truck, boat, bike, and even snowmobile. We are currently allotted 59 sworn deputies that are assigned to several detachments including Patrol, Detectives, Administration, Support Services, and the Missouri River Drug Task Force. We also administer the Gallatin County Detention Center where our dedicated civilian detention officers attend to incarcerated individuals.
As proud members of this Office, we are dedicated to protect and serve the citizens and visitors of Gallatin County.
Enhance the quality of life in Gallatin County through service and innovation from dedicated, caring Peace Officers.
Keep the Peace: We will protect the quality of life by keeping the peace and enforcing the law through hard work with knowledgeable, well trained people, committed to doing what is right.
Serve: We serve those who entrust us. We will serve with empathy and compassion while holding ourselves and one another accountable above all else.
Balanced: Our response to any situation will be appropriate, effective and productive. We survive through maintaining our physical, emotional and mental health.