In Memory of Police Officer Titus Moore
Chicago Officer Lost to COVID
On November 24, 2020, Chicago authorities announced the loss of a local law enforcement officer. Police Officer Titus Moore, age 46, died from complications associated with COVID19.
Officer Moore was isolating in his home, battling the impact of COVID19. However, the department received a call requesting a well-being check. When officers went to his house, Moore was found unresponsive. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
The Chicago Police Department has declared this loss a line of duty death. Moore will receive full police honors. An autopsy was performed at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, and it was confirmed that Moore died from the virus.
According to Angela Green, a relative, Officer Moore truly loved his job. “He was a gentle giant. He was just loving. I just didn’t think this would take him because he’s so strong. He’s our protector.”
She went on to list the many awards that Titus had received as an officer. “Moore received more than 70 Department awards, according to the department, including three Department Commendations, the Superintendent’s Award of Valor, 50 Honorable Mentions, five Complimentary Letters, five Attendance Awards, Police Officer of the Month Award and a Life-Saving Award.”
Chicago Police Department
Police Officer Titus Moore had worked with the Chicago Police Department for over 14 years. In the end, he gave his life to the people of Chicago. His most recent assignment was located in the 3rd District. He is a second-generation Chicago police officer as his father also served in the department.
The Chicago Police Department (CPD) was formed 185 years ago in 1835. Under the jurisdiction of a city council, CPD is the second largest municipal police force in the United States. With more than 14,000 employees, over 12,000 of which are sworn officers, the department maintains the safety and security of one of the largest metropolitan districts in the country. CPD officers patrol 237 square miles and serve a local population of over 2.7 million residents.
Family and Neighbors Mourn
The community of Chicago is mourning the loss of Officer Moore. Family and neighbors are grieving together as they face the many casualties from COVID19. Police Officer Titus Moore leaves behind his father and two sisters.
CPD Superintendent David Brown spoke of COVID’s impact on officers. “It’s been quite the perfect storm if you will, and yet police officers are on the job responding to calls, doing the best they can in protecting themselves and their families.”
A cousin, Ramya Herman, was stunned by the loss. “I can’t imagine him not being there. He was one of those people who, if you needed him, he was already on his way. It’s going to be very interesting having someone you grew up depended on no longer there.”
Moore’s father, Theopsy Moore, spoke of what a great police officer Titus had been. “He was a real good policeman. He cared about people. He cared about his job.”
Officer Moore’s sister, Thea Moore, commented on the type of person that Officer Moore had been. His character and love of helping others were paramount to his life. “Most people didn’t get to know him really well because he’s quiet and reserved. He wanted to be that positive image of a Black man, a police officer out there in his community doing well, helping others.”