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RPD Officer Donald Moore talks about AT&T shooting, why he's not a "hero"

By CAROLINE GABLE

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Rome police officer, who shies away from the limelight, granted a rare interview on the job Friday night. Donald Moore, age 26, is well known as the off duty officer who saved many lives when he was forced to shoot a gunman at the AT&T store.

However, Moore could soon be recognized across the country, for more than just his actions that day.

"I just knew I always wanted to be a police officer," says Officer Donald Moore. With just a few years under his belt he has received many accolades, but he has most recently been named as a nominee for an "America's Most Wanted All-Star" award. Within his first three years of being an officer, Moore received two letters of commendation for his response to a homicide and for the river rescue of a 7 year old girl.

Yet Moore says his most important work is what he does on an everyday basis, "I think it is interacting with the community, we aren't just here for all the bad situations but also be to be proactive and we are out here trying to make a difference and we care about people and that's why we do this job."

Officer Moore attributes his reaction while off duty at the AT&T store to his training, "honestly I think about the day and I'm proud of what I did, and I know I made the right decision but I know I didn't have a choice and I knew it was the right decision. I just think anyone who was in my shoes that day as a police officer or someone might have a concealed weapon and carry permit would do the same, I would hope."

Moore says he still keeps in touch with the store employee who was shot that day, Seth Turk, even going over to his house for london broil this week. Moore hopes his work on the job would have made his Grandfather, a retired captain of the state police, proud. After encountering so much so early on in his career, his outlook on life is to live in the moment, "I appreciate life a lot more and realize it can change at any moment, at any second, you never know what's going to happen at any time."

Officer Moore says his long term goal as an officer is to grow within the department. To vote for Officer Moore for an "All-Star" Award, you can visit this link:

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