Indianapolis—The procession for fallen IMPD Officer David Moore has been canceled.
The funeral for Moore will continue as planned with the service beginning at 10 a.m.at Conseco Fieldhouse. All prior parking information and traffic closures will remain in effect.
Due to the inclement weather, all honors except the horse drawn caisson will happen at Conseco. Officer Moore will be buried at a later date in a private ceremony. Long before the weather-related change to Officer Moore's funeral, somber words of praise marked the beginning of a visitation.
"David made this city a better place to live," said IMPD Chief Paul Ciesielski.
During the visitation an honor guard presented an American flag and placed medals of Valor within his casket. Throughout the afternoon a line of visitors stretched far beyond the funeral home's walls, with each person waiting their turn to say thanks.
"Man has no greater value than when he gives his life for another human being," said Larry Sherer a retired IPD officer of 34 years.
"Officer Moore paid the ultimate price," said Cpl. Mike Weingartner of the Southport Police Dept. "Officer Moore went out there and did his job and gave his life for the people of Indianapolis."
For as many people who came out for the visitation, IMPD expect the numbers won't compare to the funeral even with the dangerous weather. That's why the service at Conseco Fieldhouse was pushed ahead by an hour to 10:00 a.m. and the procession of more than 600 squad cars is cancelled.
"The last thing we want is for there to be any accidents or for anyone to be injured," said IMPD Sgt. Linda Jackson.
"We have to stay ever vigilant and ever careful," Weingartner said.
Though he came to the visitation, says he won't be able to attend the funeral because he, along with officers from 17 other agencies, will be working shifts in Indianapolis to keep the streets safe.
"It's a way that I feel that I can give back to David and to his family and to his brothers and sisters in law enforcement here in Indianapolis," he said.