Police Officer Rodney C. "Rocky" Bonney

Police Officer Rodney C. "Rocky" Bonney

Auburn Police Department, Maine

End of Watch Monday, April 6, 1981

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Rodney C. "Rocky" Bonney

Police Officer Rocky Bonney drowned while trying to save a teenage boy who had fallen into the icy Androscoggin River while walking along a railroad trestle.

Officer Bonney was the first officer to arrive at the scene and immediately took off his jacket and service belt. He dove into the river and was able to make it to the boy.

The boy began to struggle with Officer Bonney out of fear. A second officer arrived at the scene and also entered the water. Realizing that he could not continue, Officer Bonney pushed the boy towards the other officer. The other officer grabbed the boy as Officer Bonney fell below the surface. The boy continued to struggle and also fell below the surface after causing the other officer to lose his grip.

Officer Bonney's body was not located until the following afternoon. A park near the site was later named in his memory.

Officer Bonney was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Auburn Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

Bio

  • Age 32
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 35
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

water rescue

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Officer Bonney,
On today, the 41st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USN. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

April 6, 2022

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