"This is one small way to show them how much he meant to us."
His death at age 49, following a brief illness, was unexpected--upending the lives of his family members.
"Two young girls and a wife."
But Chief Thomas Moran's Brothers in Blue are coming to the aid of his daughters and wife. Hundreds of Buffalo police officers alongside Buffalo firefighters gathered Sunday at Coca-Cola Field for a benefit in his memory.
Many of those who came, knew Moran well like Lieutenant Brian Britzzalaro. The two worked together for five years.
"I couldn't ask for a better boss, a more caring individual and he would call you up in the middle of the night not to check on you. He would call you up to just say, 'Hey I know you're working and I appreciate it and you're not alone.' "
Moran was a 25-year veteran of the BPD. He most recently served as Chief of A District and was formerly Commander of the Underwater Recovery Unit.
"Anyone that Tommy came across, he never forgot it. And again as evidence by everyone here today," Britzzalaro said.
Guests are the benefit enjoyed a kid fun zone with face painting and bounce houses. Over 200 baskets, games and trips were donated by families and local businesses for a silent auction. All of the proceeds went towards Moran's 13-year-old and 8-year-old daughters.
"This is an outpouring of support and generosity and love is what Tommy showed to everybody, every day."