BOISE – Idaho awarded its highest law enforcement honor, the Idaho Medal of Honor, posthumously Wednesday to Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore, who was shot to death by a suspect in May of 2015 while he patrolled a quiet neighborhood after midnight.
Lt. Gov. Brad Little placed the medal around the neck of Moore’s son, Dylon, 14, who was accompanied by Moore’s father, Fred Moore, a retired police captain from Walla Walla.
“It’s kind of a tough time for us,” Fred Moore said after the ceremony, as relatives and well-wishers gathered to offer hugs and support. “It’s been a tough two years.”
Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White, who attended the ceremony in the Idaho Capitol rotunda, said, “The community still continues to mourn a hero.” He added, “There’s a lot more I’d like to say,” but White said with the suspect’s trial coming up in September, he can’t, due to a gag order.
Jonathan Renfro faces a possible death penalty for the killing; his trial is set to start Sept. 11. Renfro was on felony parole and carrying a stolen gun when Moore stopped to question him and check his identification around 1:30 a.m.; the neighborhood had experienced recent car burglaries.
Renfro allegedly shot the officer, leaving him in the street, then stole his gun and patrol car; he was arrested a short time later hiding near a Wal-Mart store in Post Falls. Moore died several hours later at Kootenai Health. His body camera captured the shooting and its aftermath.
Moore, 43, was a 16-year veteran of the department and a married father of two. The city is planning a permanent memorial to him in McEuen Park in downtown Coeur d’Alene.
Little, who presented the medals Wednesday honoring Moore and two Elmore County sheriff’s officers, Sgt. Kyle Moore and Chief Deputy Mike Barclay, said the medal is for officers who “have distinguished themselves conspicuously by gallantry and courage at the risk of their own lives, above and beyond the call of duty … It’s how we here in Idaho have decided to recognize the men and women who, through their actions and deeds, give new meaning to heroism.”
The two Elmore officers pursued an armed suspect in a stolen vehicle after a residential burglary who then abandoned the stolen car and, with the officers chasing him, tried to carjack several passing motorists before turning his gun on the officers. They shot him to death.
Addressing an assembled group of family members along with the two Elmore officers, Little said, “The Medal of Honor is the state of Idaho’s highest honor. None of you set out to receive this kind of distinction and notoriety. Yet you deserve all the recognition and gratitude that comes with it.”
Each of the three officers, he said, “when called upon without warning, acted with extraordinary heroism.”