Monday morning, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office was joined by 14 other law enforcement and fire responder agencies in escorting Deputy Jake Allmendinger, who died in the line of duty over the weekend, 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,” Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said.

Deputy Allmendinger was on a welfare check call on Fairly Lake Road in the Bridgers when he became trapped underneath his sheriff's vehicle and died on Saturday night.

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office led the escort. Agencies that also took part in helping to escort Jake to Billings included police departments from Bozeman, Belgrade, Livingston and Billings; sheriff’s offices from Broadwater, Carbon, Lewis and Clark, Park, Sweet Grass and Yellowstone counties; and the U.S. Forest Service, Bozeman Fire Department and American Medical Response.

Here is video of the procession leaving Dahl Funeral Chapel in Bozeman:

For those looking to help, a fund to help the Allmendinger family during this difficult time has been set up through the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association.

The Sheriff's department is encouraging 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.

Monetary donations can be made in the following ways:


Make checks out to MSPOA and write “Allmendinger Family” in the memo line and send to:

PO Box 794
Helena, MT 59624


Call MSPOA and pay with credit card.


Donate on the web page:
All payments are processed through PayPal.

This is our general “donate” option on the MSPOA website, but all donations made from today through November 21, 2019 will be considered for Jake.

New web page created for information on Jake

A public page has been set up on the Ready Gallatin website where we will post up-to-date information that will include funeral service details, ways to donate and more. The website link is:

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