Jeremy Moseley was a candidate for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department when he died unexpectedly last Tuesday during fitness training.
Although his funeral Mass Monday celebrated his courageous qualities, it was about more than Moseley as an individual. It was a time of encouragement for the officers in attendance, reminding them that putting on a badge each day requires determination, compassion and integrity, a practice Moseley had hoped to be a part of as an officer.
Moseley, 29, was hired on June 27. He collapsed in the middle of training eight days later. Officials have not announced his cause of death, but police Chief Kerr Putney is expected to release an update Tuesday afternoon.
Across the aisle from friends and family was Moseley’s recruitment class. While the funeral’s message could have been applied to everyone, it was directed toward them, the officers who will embark on their new careers in the aftermath of the ambush in Dallas last Thursday that left five officers dead.
In addition to hymns, bagpipes played and officers marched in step down the aisle, honoring the life Moseley had and the future he hoped for.
“You each need to know the support you have of this community,” pastor John McSweeney of Saint Matthew Catholic Church told the officers as he began the Mass.
Putney was also in attendance. He spoke toward the end of the about Moseley’s death and how his legacy could positively affect the department. “To wear this badge, we wear something bigger than ourselves,” he said. He said that as peacekeepers, it is their job to continue policing themselves as individuals.
“Be inspired, live up to the challenge,” he said. “We never know how much time we have.”
And he instructed the officers to never forget that Moseley had died hoping to be in their place.
“Keep your guard up,” he said. “When you wear that uniform, it could be for the last time.”