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Deputy Sheriff Robert O. Moore | Seminole County Sheriff's Office, Florida Seminole County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff

Robert O. Moore

Seminole County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Monday, June 9, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Fire

Incident Date: 6/9/1975

Weapon: Arson

Suspect: Died in fire

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Deputy Robert Moore was killed while attempting to rescue inmates during a fire at the Seminole County Jail. Ten inmates, including the inmate who started the fire, were also killed.

Deputy Moore had previously served with the United States Army. He is survived by his wife and four children.

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There is NOT a single day that goes by I do not think about you Deputy Robert O. Moore Jr. I remember so well of the times we shared even though they were brief when you came to visit Dad and me. It was those times I wished I could take back as I so wanted to get to know my other brother. I kept all of your letters that you sent me while you & I were in the Navy and letting you know what I was going to do with my life etc... I just wanted to let you and others that knew you know that you were my inspiration for the career that I had chosen. I became a police officer for the Indianola Police Department in Indianola, IA and served with honor for 28 years and retired as a Sergeant in 2006.

That day I was informed (by an Indianola Police Officer) that you had been killed was like the whole world came to a stop.
I only breifly met your wife and family when I came down for the funeral services and I will always remember the warm welcome I recieved by them and to the officer from your deparmtent that met me at the airport and took me to your home to meet your wife and children.

Several years ago I had a memorial plaque made in your honor and the day I went to pick it up was on September 11,2001. For some unknown reason I felt your presence more than ever before. LIke so many millions of Americans I was stunned of what had happen on that dreadful day but in picking up your memorial plaque made it all the more special to me. As I see this to be a reflection of not only you but to all of those thousands that were killed on that day as well.

I wrote a contribute verse that is attached to your plaque along with your picture and news clippings of that terrible day and I would like to share with you and others:

"We look and never see those that protect and serve unless we become the victim. They ask little, and give so much. Someitmes they give us the ultimate gift anyone can give to another, their lives, so we might live in peace and safety. It was said that a man has no greater love, than to give his life for another. So here I attempt to honor my brother Deputy Robert O. Moore Jr. that has given us the greatest gift of all, the Law Enforcement Officer that gave his life in the line of duty my brother Deputy Robert O. Moore Jr."

You will always be a part of my life even though I didn't have the opportunity to get to know you and your family like I wished I had. Thank you for watching over me during my 28 years in law enforcment as I felt your presence during those tense and diffiult times when I needed that support that only you gave.
You will always be my hero brother

Sergeant Keith L. Moore (Retired)
Indianola Police Department - Brother
September 13, 2013

 

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