Deputy Brandon Moore named AMW’s 2012 All-Star
By Randa Wagner –
Morrow County Deputy Brandon Moore won ‘America’s Most Wanted’ All-Star Award by popular vote and accepted the award May 14 from the show’s host, John Walsh, in Washington D.C.
Moore was one of six finalists from 20 nominees in the annual contest, where the winner was determined by the public by voting on the AMW website. He was nominated by the National Sheriff’s Association.
Walsh himself phoned Moore the afternoon of May 8 to give him the news.
“The voice on the phone said, ‘Brandon, this is John Walsh from America’s Most Wanted,’ Moore said in a telephone interview the following day. “My jaw dropped!”
“I’ve never seen it in the history of the contest like this,” Walsh told Moore. “You won by an overwhelming landslide majority. I think your story just really touched a lot of people, because people from all over the country were voting for you.”
America’s Most Wanted flew the family of four to Washington D.C. May 12 for the ceremony held Monday, May 14, where Moore was presented with a $10,000 check. A trip to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star Challenge at the Charlotte Motor Speedway May 19 was part of his prize package as well.
Moore rode in a car with John Walsh and Carolyn Rehling, of Sprint, in a parade commemorating National Police Week, which draws between 25,000 to 40,000 attendees from departments throughout the United States as well as from agencies around the world. The parade featured a bagpipe performance — something Moore is especially fond of — at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
An SUV drove ahead of the car Moore was in, filming his progression through the parade. That was Moore’s only real opportunity to chat with Walsh, since the AMW host’s time out of the parade was busy with camera crews.
“He was a really nice guy, and I genuinely feel like he loves what he does,” Moore said of Walsh. “He never turned anybody down who wanted a photo.”
Moore’s sons thought the plane flight was ‘fantastic’ and spent most of their time looking out the windows at the view below.
“They were also pretty excited about meeting a celebrity,” Moore said of their meeting Walsh. By the time they headed home, things quieted down and it was ‘back to work and normal life.’
“The best part of the whole experience was being able to have my family with me,” said Moore.