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Police Officer Rodney C. Auburn Police Department, Maine

Police Officer

Rodney C. "Rocky" Bonney

Auburn Police Department, Maine

End of Watch: Monday, April 6, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 35

Cause: Drowned

Incident Date: 4/6/1981

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Officer Rocky Bonney drowned while trying to save a teenage boy who had fallen into an icy river while walking along a railroad trestle. Officer Bonney was the first officer to arrive at the scene and immediately stripped out of 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 had served with the agency for 2 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

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You may be gone but you will never be forgotten. The Auburn Police Department has named our newest K9 in your honor. I am privileged to be K9 Rocky's handler. I met your wife recently and when she met K9 Rocky for the first time the look in her eyes is something that I will never forget. Rest easy Rocky you deserve it.

K9 Officer Tyler Ham
Auburn Police Department
August 31, 2013

 

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