Stillwater connection to upcoming State of the Union address

Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, January 31, 2019
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            Connie Kostelecky’s son Jayson worked alongside slain Broad-water County Sheriff’s Deputy Mason Moore. Shortly after Moore’s murder, Kostelecky, along with Suzi Smith, helped Stillwater County honor Moore, and all law enforcement, through a Blue Light project, held in conjunction with Bozeman. Smith is the wife of Stillwater County Undersheriff Randy Smith.

When Broadwater County resident Jodi Moore accompanies Montana Sen. Steve Daines to President Trump’s upcoming State of the Union address, it will mean something extra special to at least one Stillwater County resident.

Connie Kostelecky’s son, Jayson, is a Broadwater County sheriff’s deputy who worked alongside fellow Deputy Mason Moore. Mason Moore was murdered in the line of duty on May 2017, leaving behind his wife Jodi, and the couple’s three children.

It is what Jodi Moore has done since his her husband’s homicide that caught the attention of Daines.

“No spouse should ever have to go through the pain she and her family did when Mason was tragically killed. And because of that, she has been a tireless advocate for Montana’s first responders and their families. I’m incredibly proud of her dedication, and I look forward to seeing her in Washington, D.C.” Daines said in a press release issued Sunday.

That advocacy work began at Moore’s funeral, when Jodi spoke of her husband’s love and a letter he had left her in the event of his death. The deeply spiritual couple lived a God-centered life. And because of that, Jodi Moore said, “Love wins.”

That phrase — “Love Wins” — spread quickly and remains a constant on social media.

Jodi Moore also created the Mason Moore Foundation, created “to show love and support of law enforcement agencies in Montana,” according to the foundation’s website.

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. Police officers and deputies from several counties serve as legal advisors for the foundation.

Additionally, for the last two years, Jodi Moore has spearheaded the production of a law enforcement calendar benefitting the Mason Moore Foundation, which aims to educate and bridge the gap between the police and the community.