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Benefit for MHP trooper shot in Evaro exceeds expectations

Posted at 4:43 PM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 19:01:23-04

MISSOULA – Saturday’s “301 Strong Benefit” for injured Montana Highway Patrol Trooper, Wade Palmer, exceeded expectations.

The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office teamed up with the Missoula City Police Department, Montana Highway Patrol, and others to organize the event which was held at Neptune Aviation.

The coordinator for the benefit, Missoula County Sheriff Detective Mike Sunderland, told MTN News so far, the total raised already exceeds $100,000 and Detective Sunderland says they’re not done counting.

301 Strong Photo
The 301 Strong event held at Neptune Aviation has raised over $100,000. (photo credit: Montana Highway Patrol Trooper TJ Templeton)

The “301 Strong Benefit” which featured guest keynote speaker, Attorney General Tim Fox, Missoula Singer and Song Writer, Shane Clouse, as well as a live silent auction was attended by nearly 900 guests, which easily surpassed the expected 700.

Trooper Palmer was shot three times on the morning of March 15th and was critically injured. Palmer continues to recover at University of Utah Hospital.

-Russ Thomas reporting for MTN News

Watch the speech given by Trooper Wade Palmer’s wife at the 301 Strong event below.

Below is the audio of the speech given by Montana Attorney General Tim Fox during the 301 Strong event.