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Idaho Medal of Honor awarded to Sgt Moore

Sgt Greg Moore of the Coeur d'Alene Police Department has been awarded the Idaho Medal of Honor posthumously. Officer Moore was killed in the line of duty on May 5, 2015. (Coeur d'Alene Police Department photo)
Sgt Greg Moore of the Coeur d'Alene Police Department has been awarded the Idaho Medal of Honor posthumously. Officer Moore was killed in the line of duty on May 5, 2015. (Coeur d'Alene Police Department photo)

Police Chief Lee White just sent this email out to the staff in his department and is graciously allowing (the city of Coeur d'Alene) to share:

"The Idaho Medal of Honor Commission met this morning and voted unanimously to posthumously award Sgt. Greg Moore the Medal of Honor.

The discussion surrounding this award centered on two key points: First, Sgt. Moore was killed in the line of duty, which is one criteria by which a person may be considered for this award. Second, although Sgt. Moore was in... a supervisory role and could have simply taken more of an administrative attitude towards his duties, he was actively patrolling the streets of our community in the middle of the night in an effort to keep our community safe. His leadership example was not only an inspiration for the police officers who served with him prior to the tragic events of that night, it continues to serve as a reminder that our primary role is that of a protector of our citizens and our community.

About a year ago, I was asked to speak about what the badge stands for, what it means to be a police officer, and the purpose of the badge pinning ceremony. Greg was foremost in my mind when I wrote this:

'The badge itself stands for honor and pride, dedication and bravery, courage and compassion, service and integrity. The badge represents not just our calling, but it is a constant reminder of the people we protect and serve. It is recognition of the nobility of policing and reverence to our roles as guardians of our communities. And it is an acknowledgement of those who have come before us, who have shown compassion and bravery, been bloodied, cried, and sometimes died upholding the honor behind that badge.'

It is more than a piece of metal on our chest. It represents our dedication to professional police service, and that we stand for something greater than ourselves.
From my perspective, the honor bestowed upon Sgt. Greg Moore today is more than an acknowledgement of his service and sacrifice, it is homage to the dedication to duty, professionalism, and bravery that you all display on a daily basis.

Thank you all for your extraordinary service."

 




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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