WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- A Rollette County Sheriff’s Deputy honored in our nation’s capital Tuesday, his name never to be forgotten.
Colt Allery — who was shot and killed in January 2017 – leaves behind a legacy.
Our Washington Bureau’s Alana Austin reports from National Police Week.
Family, friends and fellow police are remembering fallen hero Colt Allery as devoted to public service and his community.
At this National Peace Officers ceremony – attended by thousands on the Capitol lawn – loved ones place flowers in memory of the 129 officers who died in the line of duty in 2017. That included Allery.
“He was just one of a kind," said Alexandria Gillis, his fiancée.
Gillis traveled from North Dakota to Washington with their family. She says even though Allery is gone, his memory lives on, especially for their son, Zennon.
“He is the spitting image of his dad," said Gillis. "It’s just like you’re looking at Colt all over again.”
Allery died in pursuit of a suspect in a stolen car – the suspect opened fire on Allery. Both men died after a shootout.
“He was really…amazing," said Gillis.
That final act of heroism won’t just be remembered by Gillis and their community, his name now etched in to the marble walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial for all to see.
Allery leaves behind four children and a step-daughter, Zandria, whom he planned to adopt. He also served as a tribal police officer and corrections officer earlier in his career.