LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Dozens of stars travelled to Louisville to enjoy the Kentucky Derby but among them was a true hero.
Rick Moriarty, a Boston Police officer, attended the Silks in the Bluegrass party at the Crowne Plaza hotel Saturday night.
Moriarty was at the Boston Marathon when the bombs exploded. He was part of the shootout that killed Tamerlan Tsarnaev and also aided in the capture of his younger brother, Dzhokar.
“So we were at mile 25, my unit and we heard someone call and say stop the marathon. That was the first radio transmission I heard. I said who’s looking to stop the marathon? It’s like stopping the Kentucky Derby, you can’t stop that,” Moriarty said. “Then I heard them say there’s been an explosion.”
Officer Moriarty says as he approached the finish line of the Boston Marathon he could smell the gunpowder.
Moriarty is an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran but he says the carnage and injuries he saw at the Boston Marathon were like nothing he’d seen before.
He says being part of the team that captured Dzhokar Tsarnaev alive is something that’s very important to him.
“You know they came to our city, they came to America. They thought we were going to cower, thought we were going to bend down but we wouldn’t. We won’t,” Moriarty said. “It was very important to me that I was lucky enough to be part of that part of it.”
Officer Moriarty said it was a great honor to be chosen to attend the Kentucky Derby this year because there are so many other first responders who also deserved the opportunity to attend.