NYPD officers honor fallen colleague on 9th anniversary in Queens Village

Photo by Bruce Adler
On Saturday May 4th, NYPD officers gathered in Queens Village for the 9th annual mass and wreath laying ceremony for fallen NYPD officer Detective Brian Moore.
Courtesy of Bruce Adler

On Saturday, May 4th, NYPD officers gathered for the 9th annual mass and wreath-laying ceremony in honor of NYPD 105th Precinct Detective Brian Moore.

NYPD officers gather for a wreath-laying ceremony for Detective Brian Moore. Photo Courtesy of Bruce Alder.

Moore was tragically killed in the line of duty on May 2, 2015. Moore and his partner were on a routine plainclothes patrol when he was killed by a man who shot a firearm into Moore’s patrol car. Several bullets struck Officer Moore, and he was rushed to Jamaica Hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries. On December 19th, 2017, Moore’s killer, 35-year-old Demetrius Blackwell, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Moore, who grew up in Oyster Bay, was only 25 years old at the time of his passing and was months away from his 5th-year-anniversary on the police force. Moore began his career in July of 2010, where he started off in the 103rd precinct. By May 2012, he was transferred to the 105th precinct. Moore was the recipient of two Excellent Police Duty medals and two Meritorious Police Duty medals for his exceptional police work, which included 160 arrests throughout his career. 

Moore was fond of cars and the Baltimore Orioles and strived to become an NYPD officer like his uncle and father. He is survived by his father, mother, sister, uncle, and cousins. During his funeral on May 8, 2015, he was promoted posthumously to the rank of Detective First Grade by then-Police Commissioner William J. Bratton.

Family members of Detective Brian Moore gather to reflect on his life and legacy. Courtesy of Bruce Adler.

On June 20, 2015, a memorial garden was dedicated in Detective Brian Moore’s memory at Saint Gregory the Great School in Bellerose. In August 2015, the New York City Council approved the intersection at 222nd Street and 92nd Road in Queens Village to be renamed Det. First Grade Brian Moore Way. 

The Town of Oyster Bay, in partnership with Plainedge Union Free School District, announced its plans to name an athletic field in Det. Moore’s honor. A scholarship was also established in his name at Xaverian High School, and a memorial foundation was created in his honor. 

Detective Brian Moore was remembered for his service as an exemplary police officer. Courtesy of Bruce Adler.
NYPD flag bearers stood solemnly during the wreath-laying ceremony. Courtesy of Bruce Adler.