Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Allen Leslie Kimery

Missoula County Sheriff's Office, Montana

End of Watch Thursday, December 6, 1984

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Reflections for Sergeant Allen Leslie Kimery

Rest in peace Sergeant Kimery.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 11, 2020

I worked with Allen from the seventies until I left the dept in 81. We were best friends. I helped him rebuild his pride and joy his GTO along with Jim Waller. I will never forget him

Senior Deputy Greg Smith

June 5, 2020

Dear Allen,

I appreciated all of your help and advice while I was working my way into a law enforcement career. You were always kind to me as a jailer and helpful as I was starting out as a reserve. You were my dad's sergeant the night you were killed, and the phone call I received from him hours later while living in Phoenix, is one I shall never forget. I am thankful you and my father share a resting place in Missoula. I am sure you and he have exchanged a few stories over the past 35 years. I have never forget you.

Eric Siweck

November 12, 2019

In December, 2016 the Missoula Drug Task Force conducted an operation dedicated to your memory. Thank you Sergeant Allen Kimery for your years of service to the citizens of Missoula County and your final sacrifice.

Missoula Drug Task Force

January 16, 2017

Yes, I remember this all to well. I was patrolling south of Ravalli when the call came through. They had a name Fred Van Dyken but wasn't sure. I went to High school with this POS. so I called Missoula and they asked if I could respond. I walked into the PD and he was siting on a chair, when he saw me he about shit a brick, I said Hello Fred, remember me..........i saw the color drain from his face. SO very sad Allen was a very Kind person.

Sgt. Kenneth Scott
Lake County Sheriff

December 6, 2015

I was a senior at Big Sky High School, and a member of the Sheriff's Cadet program that December. The service was held in gym at Big Sky. We (cadets) dressed in uniform that day, and attended the service. We all walked the aisle and saluted. There were so many officers from countless departments and states. The grief hung in the air for days like smoke from a summer fire storm. I have been given the opportunity to create an item for the new MT Law Enforcement Museum, and will make a note on it, dedicating it to the memory of Officer Kimery.

Kara Johnson Bishop
Sheriff Cadet 1984

June 26, 2015

was on-shift that night working a stake-out. can't believe it was 30 years ago--pain & emotional scar never quite left--465

gundo, barney, grumpo--will always remember the comradrie support you all gave as we tried to cope.

stan fullerton
now Missoula PD

December 5, 2014

I have never forgotten you either, Al. You were my deputy, my coworker, and my friend. Your voice that night still rings in my ear... I will always remember you (and the water fight at the picnic!)

Jeris Thorson Underwood
Former Missoula County dispatcher

January 12, 2012

December 6, 1984, for those of us who worked with Al it is like yesterday. It's ironic that Al suffered from a heart problem that initially precluded him becoming a law enforcement officer. Al was so determined to apply for the sheriff's department that he traveled to Seattle, Washington and had the problem sugically corrected at his own expense. Al was an avid firearms enthusiast both handguns and rifles. I was with him at the range one day when he proudly shot a paper target with his Ruger #1 that you could cover three bullet hits with a fifty cent piece from 100 yards! Al was known on the department as one of the most careful and tactically sound officers. He and I attended one of the first "Street Survival" seminars in Seattle, Washington in the early 1980's.

Al dearly loved his wife Jo and his two children Christy and matt. After Al's death their lives were difficult because Al was such an anchor for them. Al confided in his wife Jo that he had a premonition of the incident that was to happen in those dark early morning minutes of December, 6, 1984.

As any man or woman can tell you who has ever put on that uniform, no matter how careful you are, no matter how tactically sound you are, no matter what mystical warning you may have been given, a terrible storm may envelope you that you will not survive.

Yet, everyday officers still do it because they know it is the right thing to do.

We have not forgotten you Al.

Steve Gundrson
Prior service Missoula County Sheriff's Dept. Retired ATF Agent

December 5, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 25th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

December 6, 2009

Whem I heard that morning of a deputy being shot, I knew the shift it was. It was the shift with the best crew because it had the best SGT. However I didn't know who of my friends (co-workers) it was. I called the other "red heads" house, my best friend,(still)hoping it wasn't him.
When his wife answered I knew it wasn't him. When she told me who it was shock,doesn't come close to describing my
reaction. Disbelief, sadness, RAGE were emotions I remember
most. Al you were a great sgt.,a fine man and outstanding husband andfather.You have been and will be forever missed by those of us lucky enough to have worked with you.We are all better people for having known and worked with you. The unfortunate ones came after you. They only got to
benefit from you through those that did know and work with you. You had so much more to give. You are missed......

My best to your kids and wife Jo. I know you watch over them. We all miss you.

a Jailer


December 5, 2009

Its been 24 years today Al, we haven’t forgotten and we never will. Save a spot for us and we’ll see you soon.

One of your RD's.

December 6, 2008

24 years tomorrow, Al. Wow, seems like yesterday. It was a privilege and pleasure to work for you, and everyone on the shift (and in the Dept.) thought the same thing. You are missed by many, many, people and in our thoughts every day. World goes 'round. My son is getting into the "business" and I can only hope he turns out to be half the cop you were.

Going to the LE Memorial in Missoula tomorrow and will knock back a brandy for ya, Al. RIP

The other Redhead

December 5, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 11, 2007

On the 23rd anniversary of Sergeant Kimery's death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Sergeant Kimery is not forgotten.

Agent Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

December 6, 2007

You were a man who obviously put the life of a young rookie before your own.May you ever be blessed by Him for this act.
Rest safe with Our Lord.

December 6, 2006

I just read of the loss of Sergeant Kimery, and I wish to extend my condolences to the family, friends and sibling officers of this man who so obviously was committed to service to others. My brother spent a spell in your neck of the woods, and the story on this website inspired me to reflect to all of you for your loss. As a man of faith, I believe you all can rest assured that Allen rests in place of far greater enormity and glory than we can comprehend on this earth. After all, it IS God's world and "A River Runs Through It." God bless you all, and thank you for your service Sarge.

Detective Mark Techmanski
City of Syracuse, NY Police Department

November 3, 2006

Dear Al, Jo & family,

As I look at this memorial page my mind goes back to the day that Alan was taken from us. I was a young city officer at the time who had only months before traveled and attended training at the State Academy with Al. I will never forget his kindness and patience with a young eager police officer.

On the morning he was killed I was awakened from sleep by a call for all officers to respond to duty because a Deputy had just been shot. I remember getting into my car and wondering who it was and thinking that it could not possibly have been Al because he always wore his vest and I knew from the call out that the Deputy had not been wearing a vest at the time of the shooting. You can imagine my shock and disbelief when I learned not only the identity of the Deputy, but that he had not survived. I remember the hatred I felt for the suspect as I was present as he was brought in. I remember the first and then the second trial. Most of all I remember that not only was Alan a great deputy, but that he was also a Christian who loved his job and his family. That more than anything made a lasting impression on me. It served to help guide me through the nightmare of being shot myself just blocks away from where he was killed three years later.

I later served as a Deputy with the Missoula Sheriff's Department and although my tenure was cut short by a disability retirement I will always be honored to know that I served where he served.

I look forward to one day having the chance to see Al again and of thanking him for his influence on my life when I too cross from this world through the gates of Heaven.

Thanks Al,

D. Chris Schultz Retired Missoula County Deputy

D. Chris Schultz Retired Deputy Sheriff
Missoula County Sheriff's Department Missoula Montana

May 17, 2006

Big Al,
Its been 20 years and I still think of you all the time. I've should have stayed, buddy.
Every now and then I talked to "Barney" or Gary to see how things are going.
You were my friend and now my hero, save me a spot and I'll see you soon.
Sgt. Dee (Deke) Reed
Homicide Division
Baton Rouge City Police

Sgt. Dee Reed
Baton Rouge City Police (Homicide)

December 14, 2004

Though it has nearly been 20 years, I still remember the morning of Dec. 6, 1984. I woke up early that morning excited as it was my 8th birthday.

I remember walking downstairs and the quiet that filled the house as my parents listened to the radio that a Missoula County Deputy had been murdered.

My parents tried to explain to me what had happened. It made as much sense to that 8 year old boy as it does to this 27 year old Police Officer of 7 years.

I went back to the NLEOM as I have in the past and even knowing several people on that wall, I spent a good amount of time staring at your name and trying to figure out why?

While I don't ever remeber meeting you in person, I know that we attended the same church. My mother attended your funeral and remember her describing it as impressive.

Know that you are never forgotten and that at least someone goes to work each day and remembers the sacrifice that was given one morning just off West Broadway.

P.O. WA State

April 14, 2004

Sgt. Kimmery, I just started with the S.O. and can say with pride that you may be gone but you are not forgotten. Pictures in the squad room of your enormous funeral procession show just how well-liked and respected you were. Watch over us out here in Big Sky country, you know how far backup can be.

Missoula Sheriff's Dept.

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