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Deputy Sheriff Kenneth J. Moran

Pierce County Sheriff's Department, Washington

End of Watch Friday, October 6, 1978

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Kenneth J. Moran

I had the honor of meeting your lovely wife tonight at the law enforcement candlelight vigil in Washington DC, She is ever proud of you fine hero, may you rest in Peace

Chief Steve Davis
Mountain View Colorado Police

May 13, 2019

I wish you were here to share this moment

2 nd
Loved one

October 18, 2018

Deputy Sheriff Moran,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

October 6, 2018

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

December 2, 2016

Ken was my Graveyard Shift partner. He was a very nice man and we had alot of fun working together. It was in Ken's charcter to give up his cover to save someone else. He is a true hero. Rest in Peace, Ken. I will never forget you. I think of you often with sadness because the world lost one of it's good guys.

Sgt. Wayne Zinter, Retired
Pierce County Sheriff's Dept.

October 6, 2015

When I was a Patrolman with Milton PD, Ken would meet me at the Holiday Inn in Fife for graveyard shift breakfast. He was so insistent on me applying for PCSO that he brought an application to breakfast one morning and had me fill it out right then and there. He then took it to Headquarters after his shift was over to turn it in for me. I miss you buddy!

H Gene Lawrence Deputy Sheriff, Retired
PCSO

October 6, 2015

I was 17 and a Cadet with the Pierce Conty Sheriff's department when deputy Moran lost his life and when hear of fallen officers it always brings back his memorey. It was this fact that ultametly decided for me to no longer persue a life in law enforcement. In his memorey have dedicated my life to comunity service and making our community a better place. In his memeorery I have helped start inner city soccer programs in the city of Seattle. The TOPSoccer program through out the state of washington and the U.S.
And have worked to grow Special Olymic soccer through out Washington. When people ask why I am proud to tell them why I dedicate myself to these endevors.

c edwards

February 8, 2013

This morning I woke up at 2am trying to go back to sleep my mind raced with thoughts like is there a light on downstairs,is the oven on?It was the fact that Kenneth J Moran was killed in the line of duty protecting a bystander in a shootout. My heart goes out to the Moran family who I will always love and respect.

Tyrone Cardenas
Long time family friend

October 6, 2010

This morning I woke up at 2am trying to go back to sleep my mind raced with thoughts like is there a light on downstairs,is the oven on?It was the fact that Kenneth J Moran was killed in the line of duty protecting a bystander in a shootout. My heart goes out to the Moran family who I will always love and respect.

Tyrone Cardenas
Long time family friend

October 6, 2010

This morning I woke up at 2am trying to go back to sleep my mind raced with thoughts like is there a light on downstairs,is the oven on?It was the fact that Kenneth J Moran was killed in the line of duty protecting a bystander in a shootout. My heart goes out to the Moran family who I will always love and respect.

Tyrone Cardenas
Long time family friend

October 6, 2010

I met Ken when I attended Officer Candidate School for the Washington State Army National Guard in 1975. Ken was one of my fellow cadets. He was a hard worked and could always be depended upon to come through in a difficult circumstance. I remember him sharing his Vietnam experiences when asked about them. He narrowly escaped death when his bunker was overrun by enemy soldiers. I remember how proud he was when he completed his Sheriff's training and came into our barracks dressed in his law enforcement uniform. We all congratulated him on his accomplishment. I was shocked to here that he had been killed. It doesn't seem right after surviving Vietnam. He was a good man.

Clint Bridges
Military Friend

November 4, 2009

You paid the ulitmate sacrafice three years before I joined the department. Everyday I walk past your picture and salute you for your courage.

Chief Rick Adamson
Pierce County Sheriff's Department

May 17, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

April 29, 2008

Today on the anniversary of yoru death we wish to remember you and thank your for your serivce as a pplice officer and to this courtry, thank you Sir

Van DenBerghe
Neighbors for a Better manchester, NH

October 6, 2007

You thought of another's safety before your own.Our Lord ,I pray ,has Blessed you and your family.

October 6, 2006

May you Rest in Peace.Our Lord has marked your bravery and will Bless you for it.

May 16, 2006

What a hero, R I P Deputy Moran

December 29, 2005

Deputy Sheriff Moran,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice, not just for your community, but for our Country as well in Vietnam.

R.I.P.
Anonymous

October 7, 2005

DEPUTY MORAN ,I HOPE THE CITIZENS OF PIERCE COUNTY KNOW HOW LUCKY THEY WERE TO HAVE HAD A PERSON OF YOUR OBVIOUS CALIBER AS ONE OF THIER LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. I HOPE YOUR FAMILY,FRIENDS AND FELLOW DEPUTIES WERE ABLE TO COMFORT THIER GRIEF WITH PRIDE IN YOUR HEROIC ACT. IT IS A RARE PERSON WHO PUTS OTHERS BEFORE THEMSELVES. I HOPE THE PERSON THAT YOU SAVED THAT DAY OH SO MANY YEARS AGO DID NOT WASTE THE LIFE THAT YOU SO GALLANTLY GAVE TO THEM.

CAPT. STEVE BEZET
PLAQUEMINE, LA. POLICE DEPT.

August 30, 2005

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies...

Rest in peace, hero.

December 28, 2004

Dear Mr. Moran, I never knew you but my father worked the same dept, area & shift as you did & was on that call that day. When my school went into lock-down after being notified that an officer had perished on a bank robbery call, I worried that it was my Dad. I'm so sorry it was you and that anybody had to die that day. I visited & put flowers next to your name on the Washington, D.C. Law Enforcement Memorial. It was a very emotional experience. I was glad to have had that connection and place to honor you. Thank you for your sacrifice.

Ruth Blakeslee

April 28, 2004

God bless, brother. Your sacrafice saved someone who could never understand. You are the epidemy of a hero. You shall never be forgotten.

Deputy M. Moore
Warren County S.O. (OH)

September 26, 2003

Thank you for your heroic sacrifice. You are a true hero and will never be forgotten.

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