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Community, police department mourn passing of Chief Charles Moore

Charles Moore was Leesburg's Police Chief for two decades (Source: WALB) Charles Moore was Leesburg's Police Chief for two decades (Source: WALB)
Lieutenant James Vick. (Source: WALB) Lieutenant James Vick. (Source: WALB)
Leesburg Police Department honors Chief Moore. (Source: WALB) Leesburg Police Department honors Chief Moore. (Source: WALB)
Chief Charles Moore in 2007. (Source: WALB) Chief Charles Moore in 2007. (Source: WALB)
Chief Moore worked the Christmas Toy Drive he organized each year for children in foster care. (Source: WALB) Chief Moore worked the Christmas Toy Drive he organized each year for children in foster care. (Source: WALB)
LEESBURG, GA (WALB) -

Chief Moore served the Leesburg community for more than 38 years as part of the police department, serving as chief for at least 19.

"Everybody's got a story about Chief Moore," said Lieutenant James Vick.  

He's a man that touched many lives. 

"For the past three to four months, people would come up and when they heard about his situation and everything, they would stop officers wanting to know hows he's doing and check up on him, and they would always have to go into a story about what he did for this family or what he did for the community."

That's why the community stepped up in Leesburg police Chief Charles Moore's time of need.

"He was just an all-around great guy. He is going to be missed by the citizens of Leesburg, the officers that worked with him," said Vick.

Sunday morning Lieutenant  Vick got a call, saying his chief had passed away.

Chief Moore had been battling liver cancer since October of last year. 

That didn't stop him from moving.

"When he wasn't here at the police department, he was cutting grass," said Vick. "That was just his style  he was always on the go but he was never far away from that phone."

Many said it was his fundraisers that brought him joy in his rough times.

Back in 2007, he talked about how much he enjoyed working the Christmas Toy Drive he organized each year for children in foster care.

"Its just knowing that your helping somebody out and the smile that you put on the kids faces Christmas morning when they see the new toys that they have," said Moore. 

The Leesburg police department said his legacy won't stop here.

"That program will continue, those kids are going to know that it's his legacy that started it, so yeah his impact will be for years," said Vick. 

The Leesburg Police Department plans to honor Chief Moore throughout the next few days, leading up to his funeral

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