The Bozeman community, on Saturday, remembered a Gallatin County Sheriff's deputy who passed away earlier this week. The funeral for John "Amos" Ridenour took place at a church in town on Saturday morning.
Although cameras were not allowed inside the church as the funeral service was being held, it was evident that the day had been a busy one for law enforcement professionals as hundreds of them gathered in a procession for their fallen friend.
Gallatin County Undersheriff Dan Springer said, "You know we do things like this to honor him, we do things like this to honor the family. Fire departments and EMS personnel, all the law enforcement from Fish and Game to the Sheriff's Office - it's impressive."
Among the hundreds who gathered to remember Deputy Ridenour were people who looked on at what was going on down Ferguson Avenue.
"The amount of lights, but it was so silent, it was overwhelming," Shawn McCarthy, who was watching the procession.
"There are a lot of folks that he has touched both professionally and individually and privately and it's been amazing to get the number of recognition from the community members, whether that's been cards or emails or whatnot to our office to really see the number of folks that amos has reached out to throughout this community," Springer said.
The community came together to support an officer who has done so much for them.
"All the men, standing with their arms back and their respectful position, and then the amount of silence was just breathtaking," Shawn McCarthy said.
Sydney Reiman, who was also watching, said, "They're very supportive of each other and that proves it right there - all those different branches together."
As the procession came to an end, it was time to remember the man, the husband and father, as we all move to work forward.
"It is difficult, it's really hard, at the same side we will find ways inside our organization to honor Amos and his memory," Springer said.
The parking lot at the Grace Bible Church was practically filled to capacity, signalling the sheer amount of community support that Deputy Ridenour commanded.