"We didn't really know what was going on until we heard over the radio that someone was down.” Gallatin County dispatcher Erin Metzger, who was on duty the night that Broadwater County Sheriff's Office deputy Mason Moore was killed.
“Everything just sank, all of our hearts." Hit with tragedy, Metzger and the other dispatchers on call knew their night was far from over.
"We all just stuck it out and we knew we had to be here and made it through shift with each other because we knew as soon as we walked out those doors it wasn't going to be good for anyone." recalled Metzger
Once the news that deputy Moore had been killed reached the call center, they immediately started sending all the resources they could.
"They are truly the lifeline in case they need assistance," said Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin.
Although Metzger may not have been at the crime scene Tuesday morning, her family was.
"They're not just a voice on the other end of the radio, we're a small enough community that those are our brothers and sisters out there," Metzger told MTN News.
Sheriff Gootkin thinks no differently, "even though they maybe out of sight they are not out of mind, they are a critical part of our family."
As everyone tried to pick up the pieces Metzger and her fellow dispatchers will continue to be right there on the front line.
"We're all a little broken, but we have to be here because the calls keep coming in people still need our help, and this is what we signed up for.," Metzger said.
Moore's funeral will be Tuesday, May 23, at 11:00 a.m. at the Bridge Church in Belgrade.
Due to space limitations, the service at the Bridge Church is for immediate family and law enforcement officers. Live streaming of the service will take place at Three Forks High School gymnasium starting at 11:00 a.m.
A reception will be held in the gymnasium from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. following the service.
For more information check with the Broadwater County Sheriff's Office Facebook page and the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association Facebook page.
The following are locations where donations can be made to help the Moore family:
Lloyd Montier Barrus, 61, has been charged in Missoula County with two counts of accountability for attempted deliberate homicide and 14 counts of attempted deliberate homicide in connection with the case.
Authorities say in charging documents that Moore was killed Tuesday while attempting to stop an SUV driven by the defendant and occupied by his son, Marshall Barrus. A shot was fired from the defendant’s SUV at Moore, which led to his death.