May 8, 2015 | 11:16am  

 

Slain cop promoted to detective as thousands mourn at his funeral

By Lorena Mongelli, Larry Celona and Laura Italiano

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Their agony was seared on their faces — and into a city’s heart.

The father, mother and sister of NYPD Officer Brian Moore sobbed throughout his funeral Mass on Friday, bereft of all but his heroic memory and a shiny new detective’s shield posthumously awarded.

“With great honor — and great sadness — I posthumously promote Police Officer Brian Moore, Shield 469, to detective first grade,” a choked-up Police Commissioner Bill Bratton told the 27,000 mourners, who crowded St. James Roman Catholic Church in Seaford, LI, or listened to a live feed on the streets outside.

Holding the 25-year-old cop’s new gold shield aloft at the altar, Bratton noted the grim significance of its number.

“His family will receive this, Shield 9002,” Bratton said as Moore’s father, Raymond, a retired NYPD sergeant, watched tearfully in the front pew.

“That number follows shields 9000 and 9001, bestowed upon Detective Rafael Ramos and Detective Wenjian Liu,” he said, recalling the posthumous honors for the two Brooklyn cops killed in December when a gunman ambushed their patrol car in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

“I hope the 9000 series never sees another,” Bratton added, his voice breaking with emotion. “

“But that is an idle hope. We are the police. Detective Brian Moore knew it, and so do we all.”

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Slain New York City Police officer Brian Moore’s family mourns at his funeral mass in Seaford, Long Island.
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Police Commissioner Bill Bratton holds the detective shield of Brian Moore, who was posthumously promoted at his funeral on Friday.
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Officers from around the country line the streets of Farmingdale, NY, as the body of slain officer Brian Moore passes in a hearse.
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Moore’s father salutes the passing ambulance carrying his son.Thousands of law enforcement officers wait outside the St. James Roman Catholic Church in Seaford, Long Island, on May 8 for the funeral of slain NYPD officer Brian Moore.
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Police and mourners line the street.
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Moore’s father salutes the passing ambulance carrying his son.
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Fellow officers traveled from around the five boroughs, from across the US and from Canada to attend NYPD Officer Brian Moore’s Mass.

All three detectives were fatally shot in their cars, allegedly by unhinged, cop-hating monsters who opened fire without warning.

Moore — a decorated anti-crime cop out of Queens’ 105th Precinct whom Bratton dubbed a “guardian of the city” — was shot in the face Saturday after pulling alongside a suspect on a Queens Village street and asking, “Do you have something in your waistband?”

The suspect, identified as Demetrius Blackwell, 35, pulled out a gun and blasted him through the head, police say.

Moore, who had only four years on the force, died two days later.

He lived with his father and his mother, Irene, in Massapequa, LI. The family’s house is on the same street where another slain NYPD cop, Eddie Byrne, lived.

Byrne was murdered in Queens while guarding a witness in a drug case in 1988 and was eulogized at the same church.

Like Moore, Byrne also was the son of an NYPD police officer.

Both slain sons are now buried on opposite sides of St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale.

Officers traveled from around the five boroughs, from across the country and from Canada to attend Friday’s Mass, where Moore was remembered for his bravery, winning smile and love of policing, which he had learned growing up in a police family.

Moore’s uncle is also a retired sergeant, and several cousins are police officers.

“He dreamed of getting the bad guys off the street. He wanted to make a difference,” Bratton said of Moore, who had wanted to be a cop since middle school.

“He had an eye for the street. He loved working the street. He could smell a gun, as they say,” Bratton added, calling Moore “a hero of the city, a guardian at the gate of the city and now a guardian angel in heaven.”

Bratton told mourners that he, too, dreamed of being a cop as a boy. He said his own inspiration was a 1956 children’s book, “Your Police,” which in its final paragraph said a cop “would not hesitate to save your life at the cost of his own.”

“Brian did not hesitate,” the commissioner said.

Mayor de Blasio also eulogized the slain cop, calling him “a consummate professional” and “rising star” and noted Moore had made a successful gun bust just days before he was fatally shot.

Bratton devoted several minutes to addressing the anti-cop sentiments in the city and across the country.

“To all of you in blue here today, we all need more like [Moore], because Brian’s death comes at a time of great challenge in this country, where police officers across the country are increasingly bearing the brunt of loud criticism and increasing vitriol,” Bratton said.

“A handful of incidents — fewer than a dozen — have wrongfully come to represent the hundreds of millions of interactions cops across the country have every year, when they help and protect,” the commissioner said.

“We cannot be defined by that criticism, because what is lost in the rhetoric, and the shouting is the context of what we do.”

Grieving officers massed 20 deep for over a mile on the streets outside the church, roads where stores and schools hung signs of support reading, “Blue Lives Matter,” and, “We Love NYPD.”

Moore’s funeral procession included some 300 motorcycle cops. Overhead, 11 police helicopters flew in a formation — with a gap left in their line to mark Moore’s absence.

“We are here today as a family,” the Rev. Robert Romano, the NYPD’s deputy chief chaplain, told mourners.

“A family of blood, a family of blue, and the American family.”

The chaplain added a wry note, telling churchgoers: “ ‘Time heals all wounds’ — please, never believe that. As we say in Brooklyn, it ain’t true.”

“The wounds are always there, and they’ll always be with us.”

Additional reporting by Shawn Cohen and Jamie Schram

NYPD officers salute the ambulance carrying slain cop Brian Moore from the hospital.