Sen. Cruz Applauds Passage of Resolution Honoring Life of Retired St. Louis Police Captain David Dorn
I recently applauded a bipartisan resolution led by Missouri Senators Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley to honor the life of St. Louis police captain David Dorn, who was killed during the violent riots that erupted in response to the tragic death of George Floyd.
David Dorn was a beloved retired police captain who served the St. Louis community for nearly 40 years. In his final moments, David once again stepped up to serve and protect his community by protecting his friends' small business from looters, rioters, and vandals. Our hearts and prayers are with his wife, his family, and his friends who are grieving his loss, and I'm proud to join my colleagues in honoring David Dorn's life of service.
I delivered remarks on the Senate Floor earlier this month to recognize the law abiding police officers and innocent Americans who lost their lives as a result of the violence. Watch and read excerpts of my remarks here.
The resolution can be read here and below.
Title: Honoring the life and service of David Dorn and expressing condolences to the family of David Dorn.
Whereas David Dorn was born on October 29, 1942, in St. Louis, Missouri;
Whereas David Dorn was-
- a loving husband to Sergeant Ann Marie Dorn;
- a father of 5 children;
- a grandfather of 10 grandchildren; and
- a dedicated public servant;
Whereas David Dorn graduated from Hadley Technical High School before attending St. Louis Community College at Forest Park and Tarkio College to study criminal justice;
Whereas David Dorn began his service with the Metropolitan Police Department, City of St. Louis (referred to in this preamble as the "St. Louis Police Department") as a patrol officer in 1969;
Whereas, over the course of his career with the St. Louis Police Department, David Dorn-
- performed his duties with distinction and commitment;
- rose to the rank of captain; and
- acted as the deputy commander of the Bureau of Patrol Support, which oversaw 9 agencies within the St. Louis Police Department;
Whereas David Dorn demonstrated dedication to the city of St. Louis by serving in the St. Louis Police Department for 38 years before retiring in October 2007;
Whereas, on February 12, 2008, David Dorn returned to public service as Chief of Police of the Moline Acres Police Department;
Whereas, after a long career in law enforcement, David Dorn served his community by mentoring and assisting disadvantaged youth;
Whereas, on June 2, 2020, David Dorn responded to the looting of a business owned by a friend;
Whereas, in an act of senseless violence, a gunman opened fire on David Dorn in the course of that robbery, mortally wounding Dorn as Dorn was protecting his community; and
Whereas, on June 4, 2020, the people of St. Louis gathered to honor David Dorn and participated in a march to end violence: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Senate-
- extends heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of David Dorn;
- recognizes and honors David Dorn as a hero who lived a life of service to his community and others through the pursuit of justice and the protection of individuals in the community; and
- expresses deep respect and appreciation for the selfless character and sacrifice of David Dorn.