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Gallatin County deputy killed in rock climbing incident

Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:06:56 AM MST   Updated On: Sep 02 2013 10:58:47 PM MDT

Gallatin County Sheriff's Office confirms deputy John “Amos” Ridenour died Monday morning in a rock climbing accident.

The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office is deeply saddened by the loss of Ridenour. We are told he was only 35 years old.

Sheriff Brian Gootkin tells NBC Montana he was an experienced climber who was climbing Monday morning with his son and a friend. Ridenour was married, with two children. We know he has been with the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office since 2005 and before that he worked with MSU police.

Gootkin says Ridenour will be remembered as a great deputy and a great friend.

"Just full of life, he was a great guy, a great deputy and its tragic. All we can do is do our best to take care of his family," said Gootkin.

The Gallatin County Sheriff's Department issued this news release just before 1:00 p.m. Monday:

Today at 08:23 am the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office lost a family member in a tragic climbing accident. John “Amos” Ridenour was rock climbing in the Hyalite area when he fell to his death. Amos has been a deputy with the Sheriff’s Office since 2005. We are greatly saddened by this news and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and two children.

Sheriff Brian Gootkin will be available at 2:00 pm this afternoon at the Gallatin County Detention Center to answer further questions regarding his death."