SEAFORD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — It was an overwhelmingly sad day for thousands of police officers from around the country Friday, as they flocked to Long Island for the funeral of NYPD Officer Brian Moore.
The 25-year-old officer died Monday, two days after he was shot in the head while on duty Saturday evening in Queens Village.
Moore’s funeral service was held at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Seaford – a hallowed place where the funeral for another slain NYPD officer, Edward Byrne, was held in February 1988.
As CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported, Moore was also promoted posthumously to detective Friday. He was remembered as an American hero, a joy to know, and a team player who gave up his life for a greater good.
Bright midday sun outside the church beat down on a dark sea of sadness, stoic faces, and heavy hearts.
“We are here for here for the mom and dad and the police officers,” said Nualah Carroll of Seaford. “It’s a dark day.”
As CBS2’s Sonia Rincon reported, police motorcycles roared by in tribute, and helicopters flew overhead in a missing man formation.
The procession snaked slowly to the church, where another murdered NYPD officer was laid to rest a generation ago. Moore grew up in nearby Massapequa, knowing just what he wanted to be – a police officer like his father, uncle and cousins.
He took the NYPD entrance exam at the age of 17.
“If you came here to hear a homily today that would ease your pain, I’m not your man,” Monsignor Robert Romano, a New York Police Department chaplain, told the mourners. But, he added, “we are here today united as a family — a family of blood, a family of blue, and the American family.”
In delivering the eulogy, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton emphasized just how much passion Moore demonstrated for the job.
“It’s not many of us who can say we lived out a dream. But Brian could,” Bratton said. “He dreamed of being a cop. He dreamed of following his dad, whom he loved so much. He dreamed of following his dad’s brother, and his aunt’s husband, and his cousins… cops from this fine family—and a host of others who grew up in these neighborhoods around us—they patrol Nassau, and Suffolk, and Queens, and the whole city.”
Bratton also announced Moore’s posthumous promotion to detective first grade.
Moore’s mother was presented with the NYPD flag as Bratton announced the posthumous promotion.
“He had an eye for the street. He loved working the street. He could smell a gun, as they say. He had the gift — not even five years on, but he was already in Anti-Crime; 150 arrests; already decorated many times,” Bratton said.