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Ferndale officer’s singing wins department $10,000

Candice Williams
The Detroit News
  • Home of the Brave National Anthem contest sponsored by Comerica bank
  • Police officers, firefighters and military members in southeast Michigan could compete
  • Department and city ‘are very proud of him,’ police chief says

Ferndale – — Detective Brendan Moore is known around the city’s police department as the resident thespian for his participation in choral groups and community theater.

So when Comerica Bank announced its Home of the Brave National Anthem contest Moore seemed like a natural fit, Police Chief Timothy Collins said.

“I immediately thought of him,” Collins said. “I asked him if he wanted to do it.”

Moore, 52, was announced this week as the winner of the contest, his second year competing. For his win he gets to sing “the Star Spangled Banner” at the Detroit Tigers game Saturday, 35 tickets to the game and a $10,000 grant for his department.

“I think it’s pretty exciting,” Moore said. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to sing at a professional ball game. It’s going to be a blast.”

The contest was open to police officers, firefighters and military members in southeast Michigan as a way to thank them for their service, according to the bank.

Moore, an Air Force veteran, has been with the Ferndale Police Department for 27 years.

Contestants uploaded to YouTube videos of themselves singing the national anthem.

Judges from the Tigers and Comerica Bank picked the finalists and the public voted for the winner.

“We marshaled our wagons and got everyone to vote,” Collins said. “There was a voting war for the past couple of weeks. It was actually fun.”

Moore, who is from Clinton Township, said he didn’t do much differently with his video this year other than change filming locations. Last year, his wife, Laurie, recorded him singing the anthem in his kitchen. This year, he sang the song in his dining room in front of a flag.

Moore drew from his performance background in high school theater and his current involvement with the Troy Community Chorus and the Twelfth Night Singers in Ferndale.

Collins said it may be several weeks until the department knows what it will do with the $10,000 grant. It will seek community input and Moore will make the final decision, he said.

“Myself, personally, and the police department as a whole and the city are very proud of him,” Collins said. “Brendan is a veteran. He’s a very patriotic kind of a guy. This is right up his alley. He sings the national anthem in a heartfelt way.

“It’s a cool thing to be recognized.”

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