Helena's Assistant Police Chief Curt Stinson has died

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Curt Stinson, assistant chief of the Helena Police Department, testifies during a trial in this IR file photo.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record Tyler Manning

Helena Police Department Assistant Chief Curt Stinson died Friday at St. Peter’s Health. 

“This community and the family of Assistant Chief of Police Curt Stinson are grieving over the loss of our team member, our friend and our colleague,” City Manager Rachel Harlow-Schalk said during a Helena City Commission meeting Monday evening. 

Stinson was diagnosed with cancer in July, and Helena Police Chief Steve Hagen said he was being treated for cancer when he died around 9 p.m. Friday. His death was not related to COVID-19, Hagen added. 

Stinson spent more than 25 years of his career with the Helena Police Department, where he started in January 1995. He has served as both a lieutenant and captain on the local police force and was promoted to the position of assistant chief in September 2020.

According to Hagen, Stinson was a very active member of both the police department and

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