Officer Donald Moore Honored By Smith Post American Legion
Rome, NY (WIBX) - The Rome Police officer who shot and killed a man after he opened fire on AT&T store employees in New York Mills last May, was once again recognized for his heroic action that fateful day. Officer Donald Moore says his family and friends are proud of him and believe faith put him at the right place at the right time on May 27, 2010, that lead to him saving the lives of the 6 targeted employees.
Moore said, "It's nice to be honored and recognized especially by the Smith Post, I think it's pretty cool that Veterans are honoring me today so, it's an amazing feeling." City of Rome, Mayor James Brown who spoke at the event said, "You have to be proud, I mean to have an individual like that, that was in a situation, I think faith put him there and he was able to take care of an individual--if he didn't kill that individual at that point--there could have been 6, 7, 8 other people killed."
Dave Riley, Post Adjutant at the Smith Post American Legion in Rome said there are numerous programs in place to recognize members of the community for different reasons. "Even though he was off-duty, he could have not done nothing, he chose to get involved and he saved a lot of lives that day and part of the American Legion, we want to recognize our community members and this is one way we can do it," Riley said.
Officer Moore, who was off-duty at the time, shot and killed 79-year-old Abraham Dickan, a retired Griffiss Air Force Base worker, who officials say planned on taking revenge on the 6 store employees he previously clashed with. He managed to shoot one worker in the abdomen, before Officer Moore could stop him. Moore said he was on his way to Home Depot when he changed his mind and decided to go to the AT&T store in New York Mills instead.
Riley says the Smith Post American Legion will recommend Moore for more awards on the County, District and national level.