Montana Law Enforcement Museum

212 E. Broadway
Philipsburg, MT 59858
(406) 859-6536

Line of Duty Deaths

1870s Losses

There are 2 line of duty deaths from the 1870s we have listed on the Montana Law Enforcement Museum web site.

Sheriff Silas Ralston

End of Watch: September 5, 1878

Sheriff Ralston was shot and killed in a saloon while trying to stop a quarrel between 2 men.

Undersheriff James Thompson

End of Watch: July 1, 1878

Undersheriff Thompson died from heat stroke. The first recognized law enforcement death in Montana.