BOZEMAN, Mont. - The Montana Guardian Fund launched Wednesday in Helena. The new nonprofit aims to alleviate the financial stress that families face when they lose a loved one in the line of duty.
Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said officers were inspired to create the fund after Broadwater County Deputy Mason Moore was killed by a gunman during a traffic stop in May. Moore leaves behind a wife and three children.
"It's the worst situation you can imagine as a law enforcement person," Gootkin said. "We really wish this had been up and running prior to that, so that way we would have had the funds to be able to provide to the family to take care of them until they get back up on their feet."
Gootkin told NBC Montana the launch of the fund will provide security to families who are in shock after a sudden loss.
"During these horrible situations the family is in shock," Gootkin said. "But the problem is that they still have bills, they still have all of these expenses that they have to take care of, and they don't have that deputy or that police officer's salary."
The Montana Guardian Fund has a financial goal of $2 million. To donate, click here.