Canyon County sheriffs employees turned out in force to honor their own Thursday.
But they saved their standing ovation for a civilian the 14-year-old boy who saved one of their own.
Jared Moore looked mildly embarrassed as Sheriff Kieran Donahue sang his praises. A few minutes later, he shrugged off the honor and focused on what really matters to him.
Im just happy I was able to help my dad, he told the Statesman. The awards great and all, but as long as I have my dad, Im happy.
His father, longtime detention Sgt. Joe Moore, bore an expression of awe as he talked about Jared after the ceremony.
He saved me that night. He took charge. He was all over it ... talking to 911, talking to me, Sgt. Moore, a 14-year veteran of the sheriffs office, said. He just kept me going. ... Im blessed to have a son like him.
Exactly one month earlier, the elder Moore felt he was going to die. Diagnosed with double pneumonia earlier in the day, Moore, who has asthma, became unable to breathe after he took a nebulizer treatment.
The teen stepped in, calling for emergency help and calmly urging his father, stay with me. Joe Moore said he easily could have given up without his sons help.
Emergency help came and the sergeant spent three days in the hospital. Hes now back in uniform.
On Thursday, father and son stood together in the Canyon County Courthouses packed meeting room, trying to maintain their composure mostly successfully as Sheriff Donahue related what happend on Jan. 13. Donahue got about halfway through the description before emotion took the upper hand, and he passed the rest of the reading to the departments chaplain, Bill Roscoe. Donahue then handed Jared Moore a certificate of meritorious service and thanked him for saving a great guy.
Joe Moore said he and his youngest son have always been close, but Jareds actions and maturity in a crisis brought the relationship to a new level.
Im so proud of him, Moore said. Hes one of those kids that comes along one in a million times.