SAN ANTONIO - With heavy hearts, many said goodbye to San Antonio Police Officer Miguel Moreno. Hundreds of law enforcement officers gathered at the Alamodome for a procession leading to the memorial service at Community Bible Church for Officer Moreno in a heartwarming show of solidarity and support. The procession of first responders left the Alamodome at 8 a.m. to travel to Community Bible Church where the funeral services began at 10 a.m.
Speakers at the funeral Friday included Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the officer's brother, who had been inspired by his sibling to join the force.
The service for Officer Miguel Moreno, 32, was held at Community Bible Church in San Antonio. Moreno died June 30, a day after he and his partner, Officer Julio Cavazos, were shot by a man they intended to question about a vehicle break-in. Cavazos, who was released from the hospital on Tuesday, was among those attending Moreno's funeral.
"Today we celebrate Officer Moreno's life, we honor his commitment to service and we pray that we are worthy of his sacrifice," said Abbott, who noted he'd originally planned to spend the day in Dallas to remember the one-year anniversary of the shooting there in which five law enforcement officers were fatally shot.
"I was going to have a signing ceremony of a new law, a new law that makes today, July 7, fallen law enforcement day in Texas. On a day that will forever commemorate fallen officers in Texas, we find ourselves at yet another service of a law enforcement officer lost in the line of duty," Abbott said.
Moreno, who grew up in San Antonio, was a 9-year veteran of the department.
San Antonio police Chief William McManus, who called Moreno "a cop's cop," said, "To those who have disdain, disdain for or would advocate violence against police officers, I have a message for you: There would never be a legitimate reason that would justify such a warped point of view."
The man who shot the officers died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Officer Joshua Flanagan said the always-smiling Moreno was confident, athletic and "quick with a joke."
Moreno had one brother and three sisters. He graduated from high school in San Antonio in 2002.
Moreno's brother, Officer Arturo Moreno, said his brother always looked out for him when they were growing up and his family was "extremely proud" when Moreno became a police officer after attending the University of Texas at Austin. Arturo Moreno said his brother inspired him to follow in his footsteps.
Hundreds of law enforcement officers participated in a procession to the church that started at the Alamodome. About 20 Dallas police officers volunteered to work in San Antonio so that officers who worked his shift could attend the funeral.
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Moreno, 32, a nine-year veteran of the SAPD, and his partner Officer Julio Cavazos, were shot on June 29 north of downtown near San Antonio College. They both were in that area to investigate reported car burglaries, when they approached two men and were immediately fired upon by Andrew Bice.
Moreno was shot in the head, while Cavazos was struck in the chin, but was able to pull his partner out of the line of fire. Moreno died the next day at San Antonio Military Medical Center.
The officers returned fire and hit Bice, who later died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Both officers were graduates of Lanier High School.
Governor Greg Abbott, Mayor Ron Nirenberg, SAPD Chief William McManus, Officers Joshua Flanagan and Arturo Moreno were scheduled to speak at the funeral. Moreno was honored on social media by officers in cities all over the state including Houston, Dallas, and the Rio Grande Valley.
SA Police Officers Association establishes Miguel Moreno Memorial Account
The San Antonio Police Officers Association established the Miguel Moreno Memorial Account at Generations Federal Credit Union. Donations may be made in person at any Generations FCU branch, or online. Visit www.mygenfcu.org for details. For more information, contact Generations Federal Credit Union at 210-229-1128.