The DEA Honor Roll
Official Line of Duty Deaths
George C. Moreno
Rank: Detective, Second Grade
Shield Number: 5689
Command: Office of the Chief of Detectives
Date of Death: 07/30/2021
Cause of Death: Illnesses contracted as a result of work on the rescue and recovery from the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001.
Det. Second Grade George Clifford Moreno passed away on July 30, 2021, while an active member of the Police Department. He was last assigned to the Office of the Chief of Detectives. He suffered from 9/11-related colorectal and kidney cancer contracted as a result of his work on the rescue and recovery from the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001.
George was the son of Yolanda Moreno and retired Second Grade Det. George Moreno, who retired out of the 50th Precinct in 1998.
George was born in the Bronx on April 4, 1969. He followed his father into law enforcement and was appointed to the force on October 15, 1990. His career took him from the 50th Precinct to Bronx Narcotics, and later to the Bronx Gang Squad. On November 6, 1997, he was promoted to Detective third grade, and on April 30, 2020, he earned second grade.
In July of 2001, in the line of duty, he was hit by a bullet that ricocheted off a wall. But he returned to work shortly thereafter, and in April of 2009, he was transferred to Headquarters: to OCCB Investigative Support. In November of 2016, Det. Moreno went to work at the Detective Bureau’s Operations Unit in the Office of the Chief of Detectives.
Always the family man, George loved to travel and loved spending time with his large family, but he was also struck by the collecting bug and two of his special passions were sneakers and watches.
Sadly, in July of 2019, George was diagnosed with cancer traced to his months of work on the rescue and recovery from the terrorist attacks of 9/11. After two years, George lost his battle against the deadly disease and passed away while surrounded by his family.
The intrepid, 31-year veteran of the Police Department made 533 arrests during his distinguished career. He earned 17 Excellent Police Duty awards and three Meritorious Police Duty medals.
He is survived by his loving wife Dandai, his five beautiful children, his eleven loving nieces and nephews, and his large, extended family. Det. Second Grade George C. Moreno was always a gentleman, always a professional, and always a true hero.