Hundreds gather to remember officer

October 14, 2008 11:53:02 AM PDT
More than 1,000 police officers and other mourners are attending a memorial service to honor a Richmond officer killed on duty, but lives on, through the life-saving organs he donated to a patient.

The motorcade arrived in Concord from Vacaville at about 10:30 am. Hundreds and hundreds of officers came from as far away as the Central Valley and Oregon to pay tribute to Officer Brad Moody who lost his life in the line of duty.

The police motorcade was enormous on Cutting Boulevard, Tuesday morning. There were dozens and dozens of patrol cars just like the one 29-year-old officer Brad Moody used to drive through these same streets of Richmond.

"This particular area here is Brad's beat. A lot of us knew Brad," said Batt Chief Erik Newman, Richmond fire department.

The path was paved with friends outside Fire Station 7. A massive American flag hung between two ladders high above the fire trucks.

"This is something that we had to do. The Richmond police and Richmond fire department are family. We support each other when we're out on the streets. So this is pretty much a no brainer," said Newman.

Officer Moody was seriously injured in a crash in his patrol car on October 4th. He died three days later. The show of support for the eight year veteran could be seen high above I-80 as hundreds of officers drove to a funeral home in Vacaville before eventually heading to Concord for the public memorial.

"This is a tragic event. The officer that was lost was a good man, a good person and he's definitely going to be missed," said Newman.

Officer Moody leaves behind a wife and two young children. A private funeral is being held in Vacaville following the public memorial.


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