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THE LOSS OF A FOUNDING FATHER

By Tommy Tague Past President
Jerrard F. Young Lodge D.C. #1

FOP Lodge D.C. #1 lost one of our Founding Fathers when Past President, Charles G. "Tex" DeMoss passed on November 16, 2007. Tex was the fourth President of D.C. Lodge #1 and was very instrumental in the organization of the Lodge. Tex was a United States Capitol Police Sergeant who had retired from the U.S. Army after serving in both Korea and Vietnam. Tex was highly decorated while in the military and he rose to the rank of Master Sergeant.

While Tex was a member of the United States Capitol Police Department, he and several other retired military men who were then serving in law enforcement, recognized the need to improve the working conditions for police officers in the D.C. area. Tex believed the best way to improve the job was to organize the different police departments under the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police which had national recognition and a good reputation.

For the next six years Tex and the other officers promoted the FOP idea at meetings and gatherings such as the American Legion Posts, the VFW, the Knights of Columbus and the Elk Lodges. During picnics and sporting events they would promote the idea of the FOP. New recruits were told about the advantages of joining the FOP.

After the FOP D.C. Lodge #1 was chartered under the Grand Lodge, members of the Metropolitan Police Department did not trust the FOP because it was started by members of another police agency. The union which represented the MPD officers and sergeants circulated information that the FOP was a white racist organization. Tex DeMoss and other members of the FOP worked diligently to change this image. Finally in the late sixties and early seventies, Tex and the other FOP members were rewarded for their tireless hard work, when D.C. Lodge #1 more than doubled in size from less than two hundred to nearly five hundred members. Tex was one of the reasons the lodge changed its image.

On April 29, 1971, FOP Lodge D.C. #1 was renamed as the Jerrard F. Young Lodge D.C. #1. Tex again worked tirelessly behind the scenes to name our Lodge in honor of Metropolitan Police Officer Jerrard F. Young, who was killed in the line of duty on April 21, 1971 while serving a bench warrant in the 3200 block of 14th Street NW.

Tex continued volunteering for many years at FOP picnics, Christmas dances and other social functions. Tex was the type of person who never asked for praise or rewards. He was a thoughtful person who was liked by his peers. Tex was a loyal FOP member who dedicated a lot of time and effort to help improve the working conditions for all police officers in our great city.

In closing, we can say Tex accomplished his dream and the dream of all the Founding Fathers who have now gone. Tex will be missed but he will always live in the hearts of those who knew him.

 

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