CHICAGO — A funeral service was held Tuesday for a Chicago Police officer who last month became the fourth officer on the force to die from COVID-19.
Titus Moore, a 14-year veteran of the department, who was found dead in his Chicago home on Nov. 24. An autopsy conducted by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office determined that Moore died from a COVID-19 infection, with other natural causes contributing to his death.
Along with the three other officers who have died from coronavirus-related causes, more than 1,500 Chicago police officers and 46 non-sworn members of the department have tested positive for the virus.
Moore was working as a field training officer in the Calumet District on the city’s South Side. In his career he received more than 70 department awards, including a life saving award and a superintendent’s award for valor. He is survived by his father, Theopsy Moore, who was also a police officer, and two sisters, according the a department news release.
His family and friends were frustrated as they made his funeral arrangements, telling WGN Investigates CPD was refusing to classify his death as in the line of duty without formal notification from the medical examiner.
CPD relented after inquires from WGN, giving Moore a burial Tuesday with full honors.
Supt. David Brown joined family Tuesday.
“He wanted to be that positive image of a Black man,” sister Dr. Thea Moore said. “We want to just honor his memory.”
Supt. Brown was asked why the department delayed giving Moore the full honors. Brown said now was not the appropriate time, but added CPD took the normal process and recognized Officer Moore to the fullest extent for his sacrifice.
The private service was scheduled for Tuesday morning at Leak & Sons Funeral Home on the city’s South Side, with internment at Forest Home Cemetery in nearby Forest Park.