Rome hero joins ranks of state police


Rome’s own heroic police officer — Donald J. Moore — is now a proud graduate of the State Police Academy. He will be assigned to the local Troop D in Oneida.

Moore was among 133 new troopers honored today at the graduation ceremony in Albany, according to the state police. It was the first graduating class since 2009, and is the 198th class of the Basic School of the New York State Police Academy.

Moore served five years with the Rome Police before he left in April to become a state trooper. Moore is best known as the heroic officer who shot and killed a gunman in the AT&T store in New York Mills on May 27, 2010. Moore was off-duty at the time, and just a customer in the store, when gunman Abraham Dickan opened fired on one of the store clerks.

Moore pulled out his personal handgun and shielded several other customers before returning fire and killing Dickan. No one else was injured in the shooting, and the clerk survived his bullet wounds. Police later found that Dickan had a hit list with several employee names.

Moore received many awards and recognitions following the shooting, including New York State Policeman of the Year for 2010, the Key to the City of Rome and the Rome Police Medal of Valor.

Starting salary for a Rome patrolman after the academy is $49,000; and it is $66,905 for a state trooper after graduating from the academy. The pay ceiling for Rome patrolmen is $59,390, according to officials, whereas a state trooper can earn $84,739 after five years, according to their website.

Other local state police graduates include Kenneth H. Roberts, of Barneveld, who will join Moore in Troop D; and Jonathan R. Blazek, of New Hartford, who will become a member of Troop F in Middletown, south of Albany.