It was a very emotional morning in northwest Bakersfield for the memorial service of Sergeant Dennis Moore.
More than 500 family, friends, officers and community members gathered at Riverlakes Community Church to pay their final respects to the Sgt.
“He was an incredible man, the best. And i have no doubt his impact on the community will withstand his legacy,” said Melissa Moore.
Honoring Sergeant Dennis Moore, who died of an apparent heart attack in the line of duty at home last week while getting ready for work.
Today, a processional motorcade started with the BPD honor guard taking Moore from Greenlawn to the funeral at Riverlakes Church.
His children spoke, trying to hold back tears, as they thanked everyone for the outpouring of love and support during this difficult time.
“Even after a long day of work and personal isolation he still managed to give his family a hot meal,” said Jarrett Moore.
Chief Lyle Martin then spoke about Sgt. Moore's career as an officer and their friendship.
“8-9-2017… my birthday, I love you,” said Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin.
The chief broke down after revealing that Moore died on his birthday.
Following the funeral, chief Martin and the Bakersfield honor guard presented Mrs. Moore and family with the flag that draped his casket following a 21 gun salute.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Jude children's research hospital.