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Hundreds gather to remember fallen deputy

By Katherine Mozzone, KTVM Reporter, kmozzone@ktvm.com
Published On: Sep 07 2013 05:54:38 PM MDT
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Hundreds of first responders, law enforcement, family and friends gathered to mourn the loss of sheriff's deputy John Amos Ridenour and to celebrate his life.

We told you earlier this week how Deputy Ridenour died in a climbing accident on Monday in Hyalite Canyon.

Family and friends remember Sheriff's Deputy John Amos Ridenour as a christian man, devoted to his family and his community.

We were there as the emergency services procession filed into Grace Bible Church.

While he didn't die in the line of duty, Gallatin County Undersheriff Dan Springer tells us it was important to hold a law enforcement funeral for Ridenour.

"When we lose one of our own...we support the family, that the emergency services networks that they have an opportunity to support and honor those that have served this community," explains Springer.

He tells us Ridenour was a man of service. Springer says he started as a detention officer before becoming an MSU police officer and, finally, a Gallatin County Sheriff's Deputy.

"His entire adult life was meant to to serve and he not only served this community but he also served his family, served all of us within the sheriff's office as well," Springer says.

Those who spoke at the service say Ridenour was a man of faith and always put his family first, his wife of 11 years, his 6-year-old son and his 16-month-old daughter. Springer tells me he'd like the community to keep Ridenour's family in their thoughts and prayers.

"This is a tough time for all of them. This is a tough time for all of us, as well, but there's a healing process and we know we'll all be stronger because of it," says Springer.

If you'd like to make a donation, you can do so through the Deputy John Amos Ridenour Memorial Fund. There are accounts set up at First Security Banks throughout Bozeman.