Bakersfield police sergeant dies after suffering medical event

Sgt. Dennis Moore is seen in a photo provided by the Bakersfield Police Department. Moore died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, after experiencing medical problems at home, the Police Department said. He served as a police officer in the community for decades.

A Bakersfield police sergeant died Wednesday after suffering a medical event while getting ready for work, according to the department.

Sgt. Dennis Moore had been with the department for two decades and previously worked as a police officer in Arvin.

He leaves behind a wife and three adult children.

Chief Lyle Martin released the following statement:

"Today the Bakersfield Police Department mourns the passing of our friend and colleague Sergeant Dennis Moore. Dennis previously served as a police officer with the Arvin Police Department and joined the Bakersfield Police Department in 1997. He served our department and this community with honor, dignity and integrity. As a police officer and sergeant, Dennis loved this department, this community and police work, but more than anything else, Dennis loved his family. Our prayers are with his family, friends and all who loved him."

Police have a phone number, (661) 852-7800, and email address,, for those wishing to share their condolences with Moore's family.

A vigil for Moore was held Wednesday night. Dozens of community members came out to pay their respects.

Many of them had never met Moore but knew he deserved the proper send-off.

It was a somber gathering, some on the verge of tears as they mourned a man who spent his life giving back to his community.

"Once we heard about Sgt. Moore's passing, we wanted to do something just to show support to the officers and that the community is mourning with them," said resident Patrick Champion.

Those who worked with Moore said his passion for the job burned as bright as the candles at the vigil.

"He had a great personality. He was a good kid, a good guy to work with," said Lt. Olan Armstrong of the Arvin Police Department.

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