BOISE – Coeur d’Alene police Sgt. Greg Moore was the 71st name added to the Idaho Peace Officers’ Memorial on Thursday.
Moore’s children – son Dylon and daughter Gemma – helped remove the black ribbon that hid the newly carved name at the 18th annual Idaho Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony.
“Our profession is hazardous, and the reminders of that danger are far too common,” Coeur d’Alene police Chief Lee White told the hundreds assembled for the ceremony, which included uniformed state and local police officers from across Idaho.
Also Thursday, Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer and the Coeur d’Alene Police Association kicked off a campaign to raise about $750,000 to build a Sgt. Moore memorial water feature in McEuen Park. Organizers are suggesting donations of $27 in honor of Moore, whose call sign was K27.
The “contemplative water feature” near the park’s Fourth Street entrance would include a series of three waterfalls, a stream, landscaping and seating. The city hopes to start building it this fall and finish it next spring.
“This gathering place will not only honor Sgt. Moore but will reflect the spirit of a community that honors and respects all fallen heroes from across the nation,” the police union said in a statement.
The design by Coeur d’Alene architect Jon Mueller is on the city website, www.cdaid.org.
Donations can be made through the Panhandle Parks Foundation at Community First Bank, or through the Facebook pages for the Coeur d’Alene Police Department and the Coeur d’Alene Police Officers Association. Contributions also can be mailed to Sgt. Moore Memorial, 710 Mullan Ave., Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814.
At the state ceremony, Coeur d’Alene’s police chief said, “It has been one year and two weeks since our agency lost a comrade and a friend, Sgt. Greg Moore. I knew Greg as a fantastic officer and a friend.
“We remember that he stood for the ideals and the principles that everyone in uniform stood for,” White said, a black band across his bright badge standing out on his somber, dark uniform. “The sacrifice made by Greg Moore and all the officers honored here today resonate throughout our communities. May their service and sacrifice inspire us all to do justice to the memories and the ideals they held dear.”
The ceremony included a roll call of the fallen officers, starting from the 1880s, and proceeding to the present day. Each officer’s name, agency, and date of death was read; then a bell was rung, and a long-stemmed rose was laid on the stone at the front of the memorial.
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden told the crowd, “May I ask one thing for us as a society: That we have no more roses placed upon that stone.”
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