Fallen law enforcement remembered in Capitol ceremony

Nolan Lister

Dennis DeLaittre said he was at his house in Three Forks in the late afternoon of Dec. 1, 2010, when he heard the gunshots that killed his son, Montana Highway Patrol Trooper David DeLaittre.

Former Montana Highway Patrolman Denny DeLaittre spoke about about losing his son, MHP David LeLaittre, in the line of duty and creating a memorial for him and other peace officers at Monday’s Peace Officers Memorial Day Ceremony at the Capitol.

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David was killed during a shootout outside his hometown in the line of duty at the age of 23.

“The location of the incident was marked with flowers, flickering candles and a small Christmas tree, its branches decorated with ornaments covered in written sentiments about the fallen officer,” the Independent Record reported in an article on the funeral service published Dec. 7, 2010.

The Montana Department of Justice held the Peace Officers Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday at the Capitol Rotunda.

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