The Irondequoit Police Department has sent a patch to honor the life of an officer in Washington state who was killed in the line of duty.
According to the Kent, WA Police Department, Officer Diego Moreno collected patches as a hobby, to help him connect with other officers across the nation, and to share with his kids. Sadly, early Sunday morning, he died after being hit by a patrol car involved in a police chase.
According to CBS News, Officer Moreno had deployed spike strips to stop a vehicle in a chase when he was hit by a police cruiser pursuing the suspects.
In response to the officer’s death, departments across the country have sent in patches for Officer Moreno’s memory. Kent police say the patches will be passed down to his son.
Public safety agencies – if you’d like to contribute to Ofc. Moreno’s patch collection, mail to the Kent Police Department, Attn: Moreno Patch Collection, 220 4th Ave S. Kent, WA 98032. Thank you in advance for sharing and sending. The collection will be passed down to his son. pic.twitter.com/n8r1Cr7wOb— Kent Police (@kentpd) July 24, 2018
In a tweet, Irondequoit Police wrote: “Today we mail an IPD patch as a small gesture to let Ofc. Moreno’s family know that people near and far care and that we are keeping them in our prayers. We are sharing this with you so that you too can keep Ofc. Moreno, his family & the @kentpd in your thoughts. RIP Ofc Moreno.”
Three teen suspects have been arrested in connection to the police chase.
Officer Moreno was an eight-year veteran of the force.