U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) has introduced a resolution in honor of the life of 77-year old retired St. Louis Police Captain David Dorn, who was killed on June 2, 2020, during a violent night of rioting in the city of St. Louis. Dorn, who served for 38 years with the St. Louis Police Department, died while protecting a friend’s store from looters.
"David Dorn was a man of great character who dedicated his life to helping others and protecting his neighborhood," said Senator Hawley. "His countless acts of service remind us of all the wonderful things our men and women in law enforcement do for our communities. His loss is a tragedy, and justice must be served."
Text of the resolution can be found 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.