The funeral service for Indianapolis metro police officer David Moore got underway at 10 a.m. Tuesday as more than a thousand uniformed police officers from Indianapolis, Central Indiana and across the Midwest slowly filed past the open casket of the slain officer on the floor of Conseco Fieldhouse. The procession of brother and sister officers past Officer Moore's casket lasted an hour before the funeral service began.
Scattered amongst the officers seated in the lower bowl of Conseco Fieldhouse were spouses and citizens who braved the inclement weather to pay final respects to officer Moore. Moore was the fourth local police officer killed in the line of duty in Indianapolis in the last 10 years.
Moore's body had arrived at Conseco and was escorted by officers before 7 a.m. A line of honor stood at the entrance as the casket, draped with an American flag, was carried into the building. Five black limousines arrived later, carrying Officer Moore's family. Officer Moore's parents, retired IMPD Lt. Spencer Moore and Sgt. Jo Moore walked in arm in arm. His mother wore David's letter jacket from Roncalli High School where he was a stand-out athlete.
Moore died three days after he was shot several times in the 3400 block of North Temple Avenue. Investigators say on Sunday morning, January 23rd, Officer Moore pulled over 60-year-old Thomas Hardy, a career shoplifter who told a friend he feared going back to prison if he was discovered with a gun. Hardy faces charges for the murder of Officer Moore and the robbery of an east side Dollar General store the same morning.
The ceremony began with a call to worship by IMPD Chaplain Phil Bacon and the national anthem performed by the voices of four Indianapolis Fire Department command officers. Then the IMPD bomb squad, of which Moore was a member, held roll call. When Moore's name was called there was silence followed by the award of the hazardous devices pin.
Officer Moore was lauded by his colleagues as a warrior and his mother said her son lost his life confronting evil.
"David represented the best of his family, city and police department and was a warrior in th best sense of the word," said Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. "David Moore was standing in uniform doing his duty, protecting the people he served. Indianapolis is better off for having had David in uniform."
"David Moore is an uncommon man. A man of uncommon character," said Indianapolis Public Safety Director Dr. Frank Straub.
Straub's voice cracked as he wiped away tears.
"David Moore was very good and very brave. The world could not break David Moore."
As part of the funeral program, the Moore family shared with mourners a Thanksgiving message written by their then 12-year-old son David. The message read he was thankful for "parents that love me" and "the police to protect us." On the day of his funeral, Officer Moore had both.
Among the remembrances shared out loud during the service was a message from a family whose lost daughter was found by Moore last year and their gratitude.
In a message to mourners attending the service titled "Celebrating the Life of a Warrior," the Moore family wrote that "David's dream goes on because hate and anger can never extinguish the light of his life."
IMPD Chief Paul Ciesielski thanked the Moore family for the strength it has shown since their son was wounded. The chief also thanked the Indianapolis community for its support.
"David represented the best of IMPD" said Chief Ciesielski. "This is what we do this is who we are."
Ciesielski also called for an end to "senseless acts of violence" in the city and for efforts to get illegal guns off the streets.
Officer David Moore's father, Spencer Moore who himself was a 40-year veteran of IPD, eulogized his son. With his own gold badge hanging around his neck, Moore said "this is a celebration of life not of death."
Moore told the assembled officers that if the tables were turned and it was one of them, "Here at center stage he would have got out to work and made you proud."
Spencer Moore noted that David was the first slain officer of the unified Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and told the assembled officers to "be assured that David is on to new adventures."
Due to an ice storm battering Central Indiana, organizers of Officer Moore's funeral services decided to eliminate a procession through the city that would have taken the officer on a final tour past his North District headquarters on East 30th Street and on to Crown Hill Cemetery. Instead, taps along with a 21 gun salute and a dispatch call marking Officer Moore off duty will be part of the Conseco Fieldhouse service.
Officer Moore was signed off duty by his mother who announced "he has gone home for the final time."
As bagpipes played, a riderless horse symbolizing the fallen warrior was paraded past Moore's casket.
David was remembered as a middle school student who "often took up the cause of the underdog." Father John Hollowell of Cardinal Ritter High School recalled playing neighborhood football as a youngster at Roncalli. He called Moore "a martyr for freedom." After he graduated from Roncalli High School, Moore attended Purdue University before becoming an Indianapolis police officer in 2005. He was later named "Rookie of the Year." Moore also received the Medal of Merit and the Medal of Valor. He will now receive the Medal of Honor and the Purple Heart posthumously.
Moore will be buried during a private service with family members which will take place at a future time.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times