The Montana Guardian Fund is offering financial help to officers and their families in need. Since it was created in 2016, the Montana Guardian Fund has given nearly $100,000 to officers who have been critically injured and the families of officers killed in the line of duty.
The group is selling a calendar highlighting sheriffs from across the Treasure State. The idea came from photographer and former Chouteau County Sheriff's Deputy Eric Visocan and his wife Heidi, the current Sheridan County Sheriff.
Throughout Montana's history, 130 peace officers have died in the line of duty and countless others have been injured.
“There are so many things that occur when that tragedy happens, and immediate financial costs are something that kind of get overlooked for many of these families,” said Montana Guardian Fund Director and Custer County Sheriff Tony Harbaugh.
Harbaugh says the fund has provided assistance to a number of officers and their families including injured MHP Trooper Wade Palmer and the family of slain Broadwater County Deputy Mason Moore. Harbaugh is one of several directors for the organization. Others include former Cascade County Undersheriff Blue Corneliuson and Lewis & Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton.
The calendars are available for $15. Click here if you would like to buy one. Montana Guardian Fund is registered as a 501(c)(3) and donations are tax deductible. The non-profit agency says that 97 cents of every dollar goes directly to families in need.