By Andy Katz
Hundreds of cops hopped on their hogs Saturday for the first annual Hero’s Run to honor deceased NYPD Officer Brian Moore, who was shot and killed in Hollis in May 2015.
Though the weather forecast predicted heavy rain, about 400 motorcyclists revved their engines in the parking lot at Resorts World Casino ready to ride for their fallen brother. The cavalcade of riders in leather vests decorated with blue ribbons headed east to the Nutty Irishman bar in Farmingdale, Long Island.
Proceeds from the run will fund the Brian Moore Memorial Foundation, which Brian’s father Ray Moore said has already distributed $50,000 dollars in scholarships to seniors at Plainedge High School, Brian’s alma mater. The fund also supports the families of police officers, firefighters and military veterans in need.
“We distribute every dollar we collect,” said Ray Moore, a retired NYPD Detective Sergeant. “This is important to me, because I want to make certain that Brian is not forgotten—he was a great guy, always ready to help anyone out when the need arose.”
Moore, a third-generation cop, said it was natural for the family to give back to the community, and to the families of police officers in particular.
“Our whole family was the original ‘NYPD Blue’,” Moore said.
NYPD Highway Patrol motor units raced ahead of the pack, stopping traffic as they carved out a route that eventually crossed into Nassau County. Shortly before arriving at The Nutty Irishman, the course dog-legged through residential Massapequa and riders slowed as they passed the Moore home on a street decorated with blue ribbons and memorial plaques.
The ride included several law enforcement and firefighter motorcycle clubs, including Iron Sights, Punishers, Sworn Guns, Pier Rats, Gunfighters, Chosen Souls and Fire Riders. It was organized by the group Vigilance, of which Moore’s uncle is a member.
Inside the Nutty Irishman, riders enjoyed a performance by cover band Jerry and the Newcomers. Ride sponsors presented Ray Moore with a plaque in the shape of Brian Moore’s shield and a wooden U.S. flag painted with a streak of blue through the center.
“We’re so grateful to all you,” Moore told the riders. “So many of you knew Brian personally, and here you are. I know his legacy will live on!”
Moore was just 25 years old when he was shot while on-duty in Hollis. He and his partner approached a man who they saw adjust his waistband. They asked him what was in his waistband and the man pulled a gun and fired on the officers, striking and killing Moore.
Moore was posthumously promoted to the rank of detective.
At a news conference following the the verdict handed to the Moore’s killer in 2017, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said Moore’s murder “reminds us at all times of the dangers our police officers face and the tough time that they have during their tours of duty.”