Fellow officers, friends and family gathered to remember Cortez Police Sgt. Michael Moran on Wednesday. He was remembered as a man with an unusual sense of humor and a man who always had your back during the memorial service.
He was 46 years old.
"This day will always be remembered as a life cut short, a career that ended too soon, and a son friend and a police officer who more to accomplish and a father of two wonderful children," said Cortez Police Chief Vernon Knuckles.
Moran was shot and killed during aHe was shot by a suspect during a traffic stop in Cortez and succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
Moran was from Beaver County in Western Pennsylvania. He served with the Marines in active duty for 9 years, including two tours in Iraq before joining the Cortez Police Department in 2012.
He became a K-9 handler in 2016 and was most proud of his canine partner Otto who served by his side until retiring in 2020. Moran leaves behind two daughters.
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