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Family Renovates Lower Level To Honor Late Husband, Officer Jason Moszer

Rachel Moszer
PHOTOS BY J. Alan Paul Photography

On February 11, 2016, Rachel Moszer’s life as she knew it took a drastic turn. This day would mean saying goodbye to her late husband, police officer Jason Moszer, who was tragically killed in the line of duty. Seven months later, Rachel Moszer has started to piece her family’s home back together. She contacted Heritage Homes to help her finish the lower level that she and her husband had always dreamed of completing.

Basement-lower-level renovation
Countertop – Mill Creek Custom Cabinetry | Backsplash – Hebron Brick Supply | Bar lighting – JDP Electric, Inc

Moszer showed Design & Living around her family’s newly completed lower level. She lives in the vibrant community of Sabin, Minn., with her two children, Dillan and Jolee. The lower level was finished by Heritage Homes late this June. Paying tribute to her late husband’s heroism, Heritage Homes covered the base of the lower level’s cost, while trade partners either donated or discounted their services and products.

Pub area

A slate gray, stacked stone wall by Hebron Brick Supply sits behind a hammered stainless steel sink. An icemaker, microwave and wine storage also complete this area.

Everything from the lighting to the decor in the Moszer’s lower level tells a beautiful story of bravery and hope.

basement barBar Countertop- Mill Creek Custom Cabinetry

The Thin Blue Line represents and commemorates the fallen and supports the living. “When the light shines on it, it looks underlit,” Moszer said.

Memories & Honor

Moszer took pride in doing the lower level’s decor herself, weaving in touches of her husband’s bravery and honor wherever she could.

Officer Jason Moszer Fargo Force

This hockey jersey is from the Fargo Force Memorial Game Night on March 11, which was one month to the day of Jason’s death.

Fargo Police Department

The Fargo Police Department signed the Thin Blue Line canvas for Moszer.

Pub Area

Moszer decorated the pub area with black leather studded stools and pub tables with claw feet.

The top picture was donated by Mitch Highman from MJoy Photography. “He had put that onto the silent auction at the hockey game. The guy who bought it gave the picture back to me,” said Moszer.

Pictures Jason Moszer

The middle picture is from the Memorial Hockey Game of the team and the Moszer family, which is also by Highman at MJoy Photography.

fireplaceFireplace Lighting – JDP Electric, Inc

The bottom photo was taken by Russ Hons at the Ralph Engalstad Arena, at a UND hockey game when they were commemorating a moment of silence.

Bedroom

When entering the study area, Moszer showed us her husband’s awards and challenge coins. He received the Silver Star.

“The Silver Star was awarded to Jason February 2012 for heroism and bravery above the normal acts of duty for an incident in November 2011 in which he and another officer rescued two children from an apartment fire. This was given at the annual Fargo Police awards ceremony,” Moszer said.

Basement Lower LevelLight – Gordmans | Blinds – Red River Drywall | Carpet – Floor to Ceiling Carpet One

He was also awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously on the day of his visitation on Feb. 21, 2016.

“It is the highest award given by the Fargo Police Department and is awarded when the ultimate sacrifice of an officer is death in the line of duty,” Moszer said.

“Challenge coins are given as a ‘we’re thinking of you’ token,” said Moszer. “They exchange them and we got quite a few at his funeral. Some came from the Gunslinger’s Motorcycle Club. Jason was the first gunslinger to die in the line of duty,” Moszer said. The Gunslinger’s Motorcycle Club is a motorcycle club for retired and active duty police officers. A framed collage sits on top of the best gun safe, which is from a memorial that the Gunslingers held for Jason Moszer.

bathroom-powder-roomTile – Floor To Ceiling Carpet One

When asked how it feels to have the entire community rally for her and her family, Moszer said, “Very overwhelming. I, of course, didn’t ask for any of it, and I greatly appreciate it. I think sometimes people forget that, especially now the further out we get, I’d give it all back so I could have my life back and Jason back. It doesn’t bring him back but it at least gives me a way to remember him and honor him. I appreciate everything that everyone has done.”

For more information:

Heritage Homes
1815 38th St. S, Fargo
701-281-7184
heritagefargo.com

 

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