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Moszer, ND law enforcement praised, in Senate, House speeches

WASHINGTON -- North Dakota's congressional delegation honored fallen Fargo police officer Jason Moszer and thanked North Dakota's law enforcement officers for their dedication in statements made Thursday on the floors of the U.S. Senate and House.

WASHINGTON -- North Dakota's congressional delegation honored fallen Fargo police officer Jason Moszer and thanked North Dakota's law enforcement officers for their dedication in statements made Thursday on the floors of the U.S. Senate and House.

"Officer Moszer did what so many police officers do every day--he answered the call to serve and protect the citizens of his community," Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said. "His passing is a tragic loss for all of North Dakota and all who knew him."

Heitkamp praised the state's law enforcement community for taking on a job that puts them in harm's way. The Democrat said the job is tough on both the officers and their families.

"But it's an incredibly noble calling. All of us are indebted to Officer Moszer and our law enforcement officers for their service to our state, their dedication to keep our communities safe, and their willingness to put others before themselves."

"From his youth, Officer Moszer led a life of continuous service--service with the National Guard as a combat medic for eight years; service in Bosnia; service in Iraq; and until his passing, service to the people of Fargo as a policeman," Sen. John Hoeven said.

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"In 2012, he and fellow officer Matthew Sliders were awarded the (Fargo police) department's Silver Star medal for pulling two children from an apartment fire," the Republican said.

"Even in death, he served by donating his organs and tissue to help save the lives of at least five other people. We owe him and those who love him a tremendous debt for their sacrifice," he said.

"We also owe a tremendous debt to all of the men and women in law enforcement who leave home every day and go to work to protect us and help make North Dakota the great state it is," Hoeven said.

"I rise to pay tribute to a hero," Rep. Kevin Cramer said in his statement to the House.

Cramer, too, described Moszer's military service and the heroism in the Fargo apartment fire.

In responding to a reported domestic violence incident on Feb. 10 at a home in north Fargo, Moszer put himself in danger to help others, "something he had done many times," the Republican said.

Moszer was mortally wounded during a police standoff with a suspect at the home and died the next day. But even in death, Cramer said Moszer committed "one last heroic act" by donating his organs.

"God bless all the men and women who wear the badge and God bless the memory of Officer Jason Moszer," Cramer said.

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The 33-year-old Moszer, who had served with the Fargo Police Department for six years, is the first Fargo police officer to die in the first line-of-duty since 1882.

The man suspected of shooting Moszer was found dead inside the home. Police believe the suspected gunman was targeting officers.

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