Daines Honors Montanan of the Week Keith Salthe of Musselshell County

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines recognized Keith Salthe of Musselshell County for his bravery and selflessness. 

Through his “Montanan of the Week” initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress.

Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines’ “Montanan of the Week” program by calling Daines’ office at 202-224-2651 or by filling out the contact form on Daines’ website: HERE.

The following is a statement submitted to the Congressional Record: 


Mr. DAINES.  Mr. President, this week I have the honor of recognizing Roundup Fire Chief Keith Salthe of Musselshell County for his bravery and decisive action that stopped the spread of a fire in downtown Roundup.

On the morning of May 20th, 2020, Fire Chief Salthe and his team of 20 volunteer firefighters, as well as firefighters from Hawk Creek, Dean Creek and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation responded to a fire that broke out at the Vintage Café in Roundup.

Five hours after the fire ignited, Salthe and his team were forced to knock down the building to ensure that the fire didn’t spread to the remaining businesses on the block.

For his decisive action, Musselshell County Sherriff called Chief Salthe the real hero of the day and said that if it weren’t for Chief Salthe and his team, the entire block would have been lost.

It is my distinct honor to recognize Fire Chief Salthe today. His leadership during this fire emergency stopped the spread of the fire towards other businesses, saving lives and preventing what could have been a tragedy for the community of Roundup. Roundup is fortunate to have brave men like Keith Salthe and his team of volunteer firefighters who were ready to jump into harm’s way at a moment’s notice for the safety their fellow Montanans.