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Officers stand watch for slain Montana deputy

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Law enforcement officers are standing watch over deputy Mason Moore's body at a Bozeman funeral home. (MTN News photo) Law enforcement officers are standing watch over deputy Mason Moore's body at a Bozeman funeral home. (MTN News photo)
"We have a tradition of standing watch over our fallen brothers and sisters in law enforcement,” said Bozeman Police Chief Steve Crawford. (MTN News photo) "We have a tradition of standing watch over our fallen brothers and sisters in law enforcement,” said Bozeman Police Chief Steve Crawford. (MTN News photo)
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Broadwater County Sheriff's Office deputy Mason Moore's body is in Bozeman funeral home where members of law enforcement are standing watch.

Moore was shot and killed earlier this week during a traffic stop near Three Forks.

"We have a tradition of standing watch over our fallen brothers and sisters in law enforcement,” said Bozeman Police Chief Steve Crawford.

Until deputy Moore is laid to rest, officers -- some from other counties -- are taking turns standing by him. "We feel it’s important to honor service and other sacrifices and not leave them alone," said Crawford.

Montana's law enforcement is a tight-knit community which was illustrated by the turnout Tuesday of police officers, sheriff's deputies and troopers from across the state who escorted Moore’s body to and from Billings for an autopsy.

"We grow very close and we serve our communities and we face a lot of challenges together,” said Crawford. That's  why they stand watch, "he just should not be alone...(it's) our way to show our support," Crawford told MTN News.

Funeral arrangements for Moore have not yet been made. A GoFundMe page through the Bridge Church in Belgrade has been set up to help deputy Moore's family.

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