On May 16, 2017, Broadwater County Sheriff's Deputy Mason Moore was gunned down along Highway 287 west of Three Forks.
Since then, Deputy Moore's wife Jodi and children have been on a journey of grief, working through what most of us can't image, the loss of a father and a husband.
Part of Jodi's work includes becoming a guardian for men and women who wear the badge.
She sees it as a way to continue her husband's work.
At the same time, she's coping with his loss, and she's very honest about just how hard that experience has been.
“Trying to continue to put one foot in front of the other. Just trying to be positive, even though sometimes it's really hard.”
It was a year ago when Jodi Moore saw her husband for the last time.
“Leaving the house for the last time and seeing him for the last time and kissing him and...so in some ways it seems like it was just the other day but in some ways it feels like it's been a really long time since I've seen him.”
A year later Jodi and her children are still learning to live without Mason.
“We're still trying to figure out the impact and how our life is different how and trying to figure things out.”
“Obviously we're missing a member of our family and so that's really hard, but at the same time, we've always been really good about doing things as a team and working together and so we're just trying to continue to focus on being a team and loving on each other and supporting each other and talking to each other and again just trying to do the things he'd want us to do.”
A year to struggle with unanswered questions.
“I haven't stopped having faith or stopped believing in God. But I'm angry and it's really hard.”
Jodi says as she drives past the site where Mason was killed, which is marked by a make-shift memorial along Highway 287 west of Three Forks, Jodi tells her kids that's where Mason received his angel wings.
Since Mason's death, Jodi has created the Mason Moore Foundation, creating grants to pay for equipment law officers or agencies might not be able to afford.
With help from a close group of friends, Jodi has created a 2018 calendar featuring law officers as well as holding the first annual Love Wins dinner/fundraiser in Bozeman earlier this year. It's her way of continuing Mason's work.
“I wants always to protect my husband. I think that's a natural thing to want to do is to protect your husband and I can't do that anymore so I feel like i need to help protect those that are still out there still doing that job and just try to do what I can to help them get home to their families.”
The foundation also helps to keep Mason's memory alive.
“Even though those individuals were successful in taking Mason away from us, it's important that the work that he has done continues to live on. It's important that in this story, that the story is about Mason and not about what took his life.”
“But it's about what he did while he was here. And how he impacted this place and this world.”
Despite a year of unspeakable pain and loss, when you ask Jodi about her husband, it's easy to see where her heart is. When she talks about Mason, Jodi lights up with a warm smile..
“As a goofy, funny, loving amazing guy, that cared for everybody and he had such a big heart.”
Precious memories and Mason's final words in a letter he left jodi are what keep her going.
“Love wins,” she says with a smile.
So far the Mason Moore Foundation has raised more than $40,000.00.
Jodi hopes to begin the grant applicaton process this summer.