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Polson Police adds two officers, commends a third

by Lake County Leader
| February 22, 2024 12:00 AM

In early February, Polson Police Chief George Simpson introduced two new police officers, Kyle Kearney and Isaiah Williams, to the Polson City Commission. He also presented a letter of commendation to a third officer, Marcus Lindquist, for helping 911 dispatchers during a Dec. 10 shooting in Ferndale.

Simpson said Lindquist overheard radio traffic, “and took the initiative to see if he could be of service to the 911 center.”

According to the letter of commendation, Lindquist helped the Lake County Dispatch staff by “handling incoming 911 calls with efficiency and composure. His ability to manage the influx of emergency calls played a crucial role in ensuring that all pertinent information was accurately collected and relayed promptly to the responding units.”

The letter also notes that Lindquist helped establish effective communication with Flathead County Emergency Services and participated in dispatching Flathead County Sheriff deputies to the active crime scene.

Simpson congratulated the officer for “exceptional professionalism, dedication and quick thinking.”

In introducing Officers Williams and Kearney, the police chief said “they bring with them a wealth of skills, dedication, and a commitment to upholding the values that make our community thrive.”

Williams grew up in Southern Alaska and moved to Polson in 2012. He played football and wrestled for Polson High School and played on a traveling lacrosse team. Prior to joining the Polson Police Department he worked for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in the Tribal Detention Facility.

Kearney is originally from Virginia and moved to Montana in 2022 after leaving active-duty service in the Marine Corp. He served nine years, including two combat tours, and continues to serve in the Reserves. In 2012 he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Radford University.

    Officer Marcus Lindquist received a letter of commendation Feb. 5 from Polson Police Chief George Simpson for taking the initiative to help out at Lake County's 911 center during an active shooter situation in Ferndale. (Courtesy photo)