Springfield Police dog Moe keeps woman’s memory alive

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Moe is the newest police dog member of the Springfield Police Department. He was introduced on Friday morning.

Moe is named after Cathleen Moriarty. Moe was her lifelong nickname. She was diagnosed with cancer but didn’t let that stop her.

“Her mantra was ‘shamrocking on’ which meant she was going to continue doing what she had always done and not let this interfere in her life,” Cathleen’s sister, Ellyn Moriarty said.

Cathleen made a plan to give back to her city once she was gone. She set aside nearly $10,000 to donate to the Springfield Police Department to be used to purchase a police dog and a bulletproof vest.

Now, Cathleen, AKA Moe, is “shamrocking on,” even after her death.

“While Moe is gone, Moe the dog is here,” Ellyn said. “Her spirit is still living on and helping to protect the city that she loves so much.”

With the addition of Moe, the Springfield Police Department now has 10 police dogs. Moe will work with officer Kelly Diederich.

Acting Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood told 22News Moe’s vest will help protect him.

“People don’t hesitate now to shoot or stab or try to harm a dog,” Commissioner Clapprood said. “So, with the vest, it makes that a little more difficult.”

“These dogs perform very, very important tasks of keeping our citizens safe and keeping our police officers safe,” Mayor Domenic Sarno explained.

You might see Moe out on the streets, but he is still in training for a few more weeks.

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