Deputy Sheriff Robert O. Moore, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Robert O. Moore, Jr.

Seminole County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Monday, June 9, 1975

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Robert O. Moore, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Bob Moore was killed while attempting to rescue inmates during a fire at the Seminole County Jail.

The fire was started at 12:12 pm when an inmate on the 2nd floor lit his mattress on fire. Deputy Moore went into the building two times, freeing prisoners trapped in their cells. On his third trip through the building, he died of smoke inhalation. Ten inmates, including the inmate who started the fire, were also killed.

Deputy Moore was a United States Army, Air Force, and Navy veteran, serving in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. In Korea, he was a prisoner of war for a year and a Purple Heart recipient from the Vietnam War. He had served with the Seminole County Sheriff's Office for eight months. He is survived by his wife, son, and three daughters.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 8 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Fire

correctional Facility, fire, prisoner custody

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On this anniversary we reflect back on your heroic actions that claimed your life and know you will forever be recognized as a Hero! Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Bless you and your family!

David Commodario, ret sgt
Seminole County Sheriff's Office

June 9, 2023

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