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BPD honors late police chief's legacy

Posted at 5:05 PM, Oct 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-06 17:11:16-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The building Thomas Moran once worked in, now bears his name.

Community members gathered in South Buffalo to dedicate the South District Police Station to the legacy of the late Chief Moran.

"He cared about people. Not only as a police officer but as a human being," said Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood.

Chief Moran was the chief of the A-District in South Buffalo for 5 years. He passed away unexpectedly last summer after a brief illness. He was 49 years old.

"He was a great guy and I mean he served the community...he was a very giving and caring man that dedicated his life to community service," said John Gilmour, his nephew.

His friends and family told 7 Eyewitness News that it's not just his dedication to his job as a police officer, but who he was as a person that made him so special. His plaque wouldn't be complete without his signature catch phrase.

"Hey buddy is if he couldn't give you a hug in person, that was his hug," said Chief Robert Joyce. Joyce was close friends with Moran and took over after he passed away.

"I owe it to my dear, dear friend to carry out his wishes and the wonderful policing community family that he started out here," said Joyce.