Canyon County teen’s cool head, devotion to his father earn honors

krodine@idahostatesman.comFebruary 13, 2014 

Canyon County sheriff’s 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.

“I’m just happy I was able to help my dad,” he told the Statesman. “The award’s great and all, but as long as I have my dad, I’m 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 sheriff’s office, said. “He just kept me going. ... I’m 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 son’s help.

Emergency help came and the sergeant spent three days in the hospital. He’s now back in uniform.

On Thursday, father and son stood together in the Canyon County Courthouse’s 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 department’s 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 Jared’s actions and maturity in a crisis brought the relationship to a new level.

“I’m so proud of him,” Moore said. “He’s one of those kids that comes along one in a million times.”

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