INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - An endless line of police officers, firefighters and public servants filed past the casket of Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officer David Moore Tuesday as they gathered to pay their last respects to the "warrior" who was gunned down in the line of duty.
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He gave his life in defense of our city Mayor Greg Ballard said as he heralded Moore's service to the community.
"He was one of the best cops I've ever seen," said IMPD Chief Paul Ciesielski said to the crowd of more than 3,500 people.
A hearse carrying Moore's body pulled up to scores of officers in their dress uniforms, standing at attention. Then, pallbearers, made up of friends and family, carried the casket into the fieldhouse.
In a eulogy, Spencer Moore, David's father, noted many shared tears recently, but said there has also been laughter.
"But all in all, we must remember this is a celebration of life, not a reflection of death," Spencer Moore said. "David does rejoice in the life he lived."
Spencer Moore said his son believed in the IMPD force and was never apathetic about his job.
"Yes we have lost a brother, and a son, but this great law enforcement family of ours must not lose the ideals and ethics that set this man apart," Spencer Moore said. "David believed in this city and its people. He loved this job that allowed him to bring peace and comfort to those that were in trouble or hurting."
The late officer's mother, Jo Ann Moore, performed the ceremonial last sign off for her son over police radio.
Officer David Moore died as a result of being shot while stopping a stolen car. Thomas Hardy, the man charged with Moore's murder sits in the Marion County Jail awaiting trial. One part of the ceremony included a speech Officer Moore wrote when he was a senior in high school. The text of it can be found here .
The Moore family has more than 100 years combined public service experience. His father Spencer is a retired Indianapolis Police Lieutenant. His mother Jo currently serves as a sergeant.
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