Bridger Police add new patrol car with grant

Alastair Baker
News Editor
Thursday, May 21, 2020
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Bridger Police Chief Mike Buechler accepts the grant check for $5,000 from Mason Moore Foundation board member Ben Mahoney who is also a law enforcement advisor for the Foundation. “It’s a great cause. For something that bad to happen, they turned it around and made it a good thing for law enforcement,” said Chief Buechler.


The Bridger Police Department was the recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Mason Moore Foundation (MMF) last week. The money has already gone towards purchasing a 2008 Dodge Charger that will take the department’s number of vehicles to four.

Police Chief Mike Buechler described the award as “awesome.”

“The vehicle should be on the street by the end of the month,” he said. 

He also extended his department’s “greatest appreciation to the Mason Moore Foundation.” 

“We are so grateful to (MMF President) Jodi Moore and the family for choosing to honor Mason in such a way that police departments around the state benefit. Our department was blessed with a grant to purchase a patrol vehicle,” said Buechler. 

MMF was started after Broadwater County Deputy Sheriff, Mason Moore, was killed in the line of duty, May 16, 2017.  

In its first year they helped to raise nearly $36,000 through various fundraisers and from donations that went to help 10 Montana police departments. 

The Foundation promotes and develops communication and understanding between the community and law enforcement and educate the public and state and local leaders about ways in which they can support law enforcement. The Foundation also provides grants to local law enforcement agencies to provide for programs or special equipment that may not be available through the standard governmental funding process.

To find out more please visit #masonmoorefoundation or go to . Mailing address: P.O. Box 1193 Three Forks, Montana 59752. It is a 501(c)(3) EIN number 82-2851173