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An angel on his shoulder

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

By NOREEN HYSLOP

Managing Editor

When a local law officer was assaulted Monday night, there were several witnesses on the parking lot on Business Hwy. 60 where the incident occurred. Many of them scattered when the officer was struck by one of the individuals involved in a fight that brought police to the scene initially.

One young woman remained, however. When Officer Kevin Moore went down from a blow to the head and sirens began to wail toward the uncertain scene, 18-year-old Tasha Rodgers remained - not only as a witness, but to do everything in her power to make certain Moore was in good hands until help could arrive. She was the person who called for an ambulance for Officer Kevin Moore.

The scene was an ugly one and not for the squeamish. Moore hit the ground with such force that it shattered the bone above his right eye. There was massive bleeding, and he rolled in and out of consciousness.

Yet, without hesitation, the Dexter High School senior made herself available to comfort the officer, actually breaking his fall after Moore tried to stand up following the punch.

While the other responding officer was trying to restrain one of the assailants and Moore lay unmoving, awaiting for an ambulance, the young woman rested Moore's bleeding head in her lap, with the presence of mind to continually ask the officer pertinent questions, all the while putting pressure on his wound.

"I asked him his name and what day it was and things like that," Tasha said in a conversation Tuesday. "I remember asking him his badge number, and that was the only thing he could tell me - that his badge number was 923."

So, what made the soft-spoken 18-year-old respond in a manner befitting a much more mature adult?

"I just reacted," she says. "He needed someone to stay with him. I couldn't have just left him lying there by himself. I hoped I could make him more comfortable until the ambulance got there."

Dexter Police Chief Sammy Stone heard of the efforts of the young woman Monday night, but no one seemed to know her name. Tasha left the scene after the ambulance came and it was only Tuesday when her parents made contact with The Daily Statesman to inquire about Moore's condition, that her identity was revealed.

"I just wanted to make sure he was ok," she says, "and I didn't know where they took him in St. Louis."

Tasha's parents were pleased to tell her Officer Moore was reportedly improving at St. Louis University Hospital. And as soon as the veteran policeman is able, he, along with Chief Stone, will be honoring Tasha for going "above and beyond" in remaining with the fallen officer until EMS personnel could come to his aid.

"We need more people like Tasha around," said Chief Stone. "We're all grateful for what she did, and we all look forward to a time in the near future when we can get Kevin and Tasha together so that he can personally thank her for all she did. She's a special girl."


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This just shows there are

wonderful caring people in this country. I wish the media would focus more on the good news than the depressing bad news. Praying Office Moore recovers.

-- Posted by gofourit on Wed, Sep 14, 2011, at 3:04 PM

Sunshine in this horrible incident. Thank God there are still young people who care. Thank God for Tasha and her parents who raised her well. In this area, our public schools also teach such heroism as this!

-- Posted by swift on Wed, Sep 14, 2011, at 3:37 PM

Chief Stone is right. We need more people like Tasha. Starting in the first grade to the 12TH. We need to actually stage trouble and teach kids how to help those in need while doing it with caution and commons sense. Fireman's carry. First aid. use of the cell phone.

If we need more people like Tasha,and we do, we have to train them. We train them to be good ball players so we must train them to be life savers. If we do that, America will be a better place. I wrote poen to honor Flight 93 that the terrorists hijacked on 9/11, AD 2001. It might be appropriate here.

Told to remain in our seats like lambs to the slaughter, packaged vegetables, helpless, captive, and mute.

We arose from our seats to give them despute.

Bright was the thrust and the swing that we made.

Sweet music sprang from our immaculate blade.

The words from the music begged us not to yield.

So we died like good lads in a Pennsylvania field.

Heroes are made of the stuff that we had.

To be a hero should be the goal of each American lad.

The one good thing that gives God a wonderous joy

is to see the birth of one more American boy.

When e're his foot falls on domestic or alien soil,

A stronghold he'll bring down and an evil he'll foil.

For a good reason God made us so free.

He wanted us all good lads and bright heroes to be.

In the image of the Good Samaritan he made the good American.

God rang our golden bell with a thunderous clap

and placed the world for us to befriend and defend right smack in our lap.

Are you guys ready? Let's roll.

America, are you guys ready to train millions of Tashas. Let's roll.

-- Posted by Billy Joe Parker on Wed, Sep 14, 2011, at 4:55 PM

Tasha u ROCK!

-- Posted by sweet on Thu, Sep 15, 2011, at 5:05 AM

always Great to hear Good stories about Good people in Dexter!!

-- Posted by Mark Glenn on Thu, Sep 15, 2011, at 12:47 PM

Tasha, This is outstanding to hear. I am involved in Law Enforcement and there is nothing more scary than not having back up when it is needed. You quite possibly could have saved Officer Moore's life, and for that I am sure, he and the rest of the law enforcement community are forever grateful. The world needs more people such as yourself. If I were a police officer and I went down, I could only hope that a person such as yourself was there for me until the proper assistance arrived. Great job Tasha!!!!

-- Posted by charger68 on Thu, Sep 15, 2011, at 10:08 PM


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