Justin Moore Touchingly Honors Police, Fire Departments Who Helped with ‘The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home’

by Jennifer Shea

Country star Justin Moore took to Twitter on Monday to pay tribute to police officers and firefighters. And specifically, to those first responders who helped make his “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home” music video.

“Last weekend @CodyVillalobos from my mgmt team & director of The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home video presented plaques on my behalf to those who helped accomplish that video,” Moore tweeted. “To the Yerington NV Fire Dpt, Police Dpt, Boys and Girls Club and countless others, THANK YOU. 🇺🇸”

Justin Moore Honors Soldiers and First Responders in Music Video

The country singer wrote “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home” along with Paul DiGiovanni, Chase McGill and Jeremy Stover. It’s the first single off his fifth studio album, Late Nights and Longnecks.

“Here’s to the ones that didn’t make it back home/The ones we ain’t seen in so long/The hold up a beer ones, the wish they were here ones/The not forgotten but gone/They’re in a better place up there,” Moore sings in the chorus.

In the music video, Moore showcases soldiers, police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. Cody Villalobos, a former EMT, directed the video. He is also Moore’s social media manager.

Villalobos told People in 2019 that he expanded the music video to include people beyond soldiers. At the time, the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was on his mind. When they were hammering out the idea for the music video, they were on their way to play a benefit concert for Parkland students.  

“I felt that only showing military visuals didn’t give tribute to everyone who might connect to this song,” Villalobos said. “Just like most people are connected to someone in these lines of duty, I wanted to portray the residual effects of losing someone and how many people it affects.”

Moore, et al. filmed the video on Veterans Day in 2018. Real firefighters appear in the video. Moreover, military veterans were on hand to instruct actors on the proper way to wear military gear.

Watch Justin Moore’s music video here:

At Benefit Concert That Inspired Music Video, Moore Said He Prays for Healing

Moore is a father of four. So he mentioned his own kids at the Parkland benefit concert that helped inspire his music video. Moore also said his heart bleeds for families affected by school shootings like Parkland.

“I’m of the belief that when God allows you to have a platform like I have, you’re supposed to use it for good,” Moore said at the concert, according to People. “I send each and every one of [my kids] to school every day and drop them off… My first prayer is that they’ll come home safe that afternoon. I can’t even fathom what these families up here — and maybe some of you guys — have had to deal with and the difficulty this has caused.”

Moore told the assembled crowd that he would pray for their continued healing. And he hoped grieving families would be reunited with their loved ones someday.