CRAMER: Deputy Colt Allery Selflessly Served His Community
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman Kevin Cramer gave a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives today honoring the memory of Rolette County Deputy Colt Allery, who lost his life in the line of duty on Jan. 18.
Below are his remarks:
Mr. Speaker, today I come before you with a heavy heart as I rise to honor the life of Rolette County Sheriff’s Deputy, Colt Allery. On January 18, Deputy Allery gave the ultimate sacrifice when he was shot and killed in the line of duty following a high speed pursuit of a stolen vehicle near Belcourt, North Dakota. He was only 29 years old.
People from across North Dakota and the country gathered today in Belcourt to pay tribute to Deputy Allery, who has been described by friends and colleagues as someone "full of spunk, cheerful, and always smiling.” He grew up and lived in St. John, North Dakota where he dedicated his adult life to selflessly serving and defending his community through a career in law enforcement. In 2011, he became a Correctional Officer for Rolette County, and later served with the Rolla Police Department and Turtle Mountain Tribal Police Department before joining the Rolette County Sheriff's Office as a deputy just three months ago.
Our state is heartbroken over the loss of another hero taken from us too soon, and we will never forget Deputy Allery’s service and sacrifice in defense of the citizens of North Dakota. My wife Kris and I offer our prayers on behalf of Deputy Allery’s family, and express our condolences and our profound gratefulness to all peace officers who put their lives on the line every day to protect our communities and country.
God bless them, and God bless the memory of Deputy Colt Allery.