Procession for fallen IMPD officer canceled
Indianapolis - The planned procession for fallen IMPD Officer David Moore Tuesday has been canceled.
Due to the winter storm that is blanketing the area, all honors that would normally be held at the grave site will take place at Conseco Fieldhouse. Officer Moore's funeral will take place at Conseco starting at 10 a.m. as originally planned.
There will still be a horse-drawn caisson for the officer, but there will be no procession from downtown to Crown Hill Cemetery.
Officer Moore will be buried in a private ceremony at a date to be determined.
Visitation held Monday
Hundreds of people paid their respects to the family of Indianapolis Metro Police Officer David Moore.
The 29-year-old was shot during a traffic stop last week. A visitation was held Monday at Crown Hill Funeral Home.
The visitation started at 2:00 pm, and a line of visitors stretched around the building all afternoon from 1:30 pm, before the visitation began. Some people waited two hours in line to get the chance to pay their respects to Spencer and Jo Moore, David Moore's parents.
At the very beginning of the visitation, there was a small private ceremony for the family and top IMPD brass and city officials. During that ceremony, Officer Moore was presented the Purple Heart and IMPD's top award, the Medal of Honor, both for his actions on January 23rd when a suspect opened fire on him during a traffic stop on the northeast side. He died three days later.
The vast majority of people at the visitation so far have been police officers and their families. There have also been officers from around the state and some from out of state.
"It's been going over and over in my mind what I'm going to say and all I can do is give her a hug. There's nothing I can say," said Officer Julie Lapadat, IMPD.
"It's sad; it's sad. He gave his life doing what he wanted to do," said Tommy Terrell, retired IPD officer.
At Crown Hill Cemetery, they've taken some extra precautions by spreading salt in the areas near the grave site.
"I would certainly think that everyone's going to understand that someone's not going to come down from the Chicago area where they're having 12 inches of snow to attend the funeral and risk their own safety. We're going to have a great showing. I would expect almost every IMPD officer will be there," said IMPD Chief Paul Ciesielski.
The father of the first person buried in the Heroes of Public Safety section will tell you being at the funeral or along the procession is important.
"That show of support means that there are people out there who care, who get it and appreciate what these officers do and the risks they take on a daily basis. It's tremendous," said Jerry Baker, Jason Baker's father.
The funeral is set to go on at 10:00 am at Conseco Fieldhouse. You can watch the funeral on WTHR Channel 13 or on WTHR.com.
Gov. Mitch Daniels has directed that flags in Marion County be lowered to half-staff on Tuesday, February 1 in honor of Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer David Moore.
David Moore was born in Indianapolis, IN on October 15, 1981, the son of Spencer L. and Jo Ann Moore. David is survived by his parents as well as a sister, Carol Lyn Bongfeldt.