Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Rodney Fredderick Pocceschi

Virginia Beach Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Monday, June 23, 2003

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Reflections for Police Officer Rodney Fredderick Pocceschi

I never knew Rodney, but I remember reading about him in the paper. I thought he was very brave, and was sad that someone so young was cut down long before his time. Happy Birthday, can be very proud of your family...they have worked long and hard to preserve your memory and to help others in your name.

Betsy Murphy-Mahle
classmate of Rodney's sister

September 17, 2009

I cannot believe that it is 6 years since you were taken from us. And today you turned 40!. Bet you don't look a day over 33 (have to have a little humor there). Wishing you were here today so I can joke about your age and tell you how I am older and look better than you. Lots of people thinking about you today.

I stopped by your gravesite to say a few words but couldn't stay long. I tried to hold in the tears but just broke down as I drove away. Oh how I wanted to celebrate this day with you. It is such a big day when you turn 40.

Since you have left this world, I am not afraid of death. I live each day thinking of you. If I have the money, I go places because life is too short and I'm not saving it for a someday trip. Dad never got to take his someday trips and neither did you.

Have a party in heaven Rod! I will celebrate your day tonight at the Black n Gold game here. We have tickets because it is your nieces favorite sport. We will be thinking of you.

I love you and miss you so much. XO

Big sister,

Gina Pocceschi Boyle
Sister of Rodney

September 17, 2009

Rod was a great officer and friend. The first time we went to the gym, I told him to start off with light weights and work up. We were going to lift for an hour. He started with his top weight first and after 15 minutes he was hating the workout. He did it but he learned the hard way.

Steve Tritt

August 15, 2009

I didn't get to know you but I can tell by reading the messages here what kind of man and Police Officer you were. I wish I had gotten to the chance to know you but I take comfort in knowing that when my time here is done that will happen. Rest in peace Brother. To your family and friends: You do not grieve alone. We all grieve with you.

AZ Narc

July 10, 2009

I come to this site every day and read the today in history section. When I read your story it broke my heart, you paid the ultimate sacrifice doing what you have always wanted to do and doing what you loved. I am so sorry for your son who will never get to know his father except through stories, pictures and film, I'm sure your sisters will make sure he knows his father. As I read through your reflections I was astounded by the dedication of your sisters in keeping your memory alive and helping to bring other officers home to their families. Rodney you, your son and family will always be in my prayers.
Gina and Jaclyn
I want to give my condolences for the loss of your brother Rodney, and also thank you for your dedication in helping to bring other officers home to their families. When I first got hired I found out that the reserve officers on our department that work for free did not get issued vests, so a bunch of us got together and started a campaign to get money donated so the officers could get vests, as they worked right along side of us and helped us on any call we encountered. Again thank you for all your hard work.
Rodney rest in peace you deserve it, we've got the watch.

Fellow Officer

June 24, 2009

Yesterday it was 6 years ago that day that you left this earth to go to heaven and be with your father. We did wonderful things yesterday in your memory. We had an Army veteran donate a vest to Pittston City. We started working on pins for Trooper Miller's family. We are helping with a golf tournament to raise money for the family of Trooper Miller. We stopped at your gravesite, placed a patriotic pinwheel (something different) next to your stone and said a prayer. We then went to Rodano's and celebrated your life.

It was Jacci, John and family, Len, Pam, Katie, Mark, Ken, Joe and his family, Eddie, Glenna, and myself (Tom was out of town).

We drank a shot to you little brother. We miss you!

We will celebrate again when you turn 40 on September 17th.

Love you Rod! XXOO

Gina Pocceschi Boyle
Sister of this Brother

June 24, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the sixth anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I hold your family in my heart's embrace and pray for their solace.

Phyllis Loya


June 24, 2009

Dear Family, friends and law enforcement officers who still come to Rodney's memorial:

It is 6 years today that we lost our brother and not a day has gone by that we have not thought about and missed him terribly; it seems like yesterday, not 6 years ago. We see how loved he was, too, by his friends and co-workers because his reflections continue and we truly appreciate everyone keeping his memory alive. Your continued messages are very meaningful to us.

We also want to express to all of the law enforcement officers reading this, just how very much we respect, appreciate and value everyone of you; whether you've had a close call or not, whether they've given the ultimate sacrifice or not; just the daily attempt of risking the ultimate sacrifice is enough. It takes a very special person to do what you do...what most would not dare to do or even consider. I consider the more than 900,000 of you who put your lives on the line for your community, gifts from God and cannot even imagine our world without your help.

Additionally, I hope and pray that any other individuals reading this reflection are praying for each of you everyday and I pray that somehow, they give something of value back to you and help you, our law enforcement, in someway.

The loss of our brother was such a tragedy to our family, but we've managed to make something positive out of it by forming Fallen Officers Remembered and helping our law enforcement officers by donating new bulletproof vests to our many local officers in need. I pray that all or most of you can use our effort as an example and do some good to give back to our taken-for-granted, forgotten heroes.

They certainly can use and deserve all of the prayers and help that they can get so they, too, can come home safe to their families everyday.


Jaclyn Pocceschi Mosley
Fallen Officers Remembered


June 23, 2009

It's hard to believe its been 6 years today. I just left Murphy's where once again we raised our glasses to you Rod, the true hero. This year was really hard for me, because not only were we there celebrating your life, but also the life of Det. Mike Phillips. I hope you two are having fun up there, and please keep us safe down here!

VBPD Sgt. 28th academy
Va Beach Police Department

June 23, 2009

It has been six years today. It still seems like yesterday. I stopped and visited the memorial on Dam Neck this morning just to say thanks. Godspeed


June 23, 2009

Thinking of your loved ones today and everyday. I know the daily struggles they face without you and the terrible pain within their hearts. God, wrap your loving arms around them and help them with their grief and let them feel your presence.
Your sacrifice has not been forgotten.

Brenda Lucas
Mother of Chief Anthony D. Lucas, EOW 2-4-2005

June 23, 2009

We all still miss and love you very much. Happy Fathers Day. You were one hell of a father.


June 23, 2009

I left you a long message right before Police Week to tell you I was thinking of you but I guess they had problems and the reflection didn't get posted. I wish it did. I didn't keep what I had typed.

I did ask for you to watch over all those people riding their bikes to DC and all of the support team traveling with them.

This is your brother-in-law's 6th year riding. He wants to ride one year for each of the years you lived. So he has 27more to go. He can do it. He is so tough and heroic like you.

Your son will know of you, as soon as he get old enough to understand it all.

I miss you everyday and think of you everyday.

Please keep us all safe and be our guardian angel. Your nieces are 17 and 15 now and they still think of you too. We all miss you and love you.

Tell Dad Happy Father's Day on the 21st. Happy Father's Day to you to.

Gina M Pocceschi Boyle
Sister of this officer

June 8, 2009

Just thinking about you tonight and wanted to stop in and ask you to watch over your brothers in blue. They need some extra eyes and I know you can do it!!


An Officer's Wife

April 17, 2009

Rod, I never knew about this website until I was recently informed that a Marine I served with was killed in the line of duty while a member of the Los Angeles Sheriffs Dept. So I typed in your name and there you were. It's hard to believe it's been so long. You'll be happy to know the eigth annual football trip was a blast this year. We went to Tampa and watched the Bucs. The house we stayed in was incredible and the weather was great. We have a moment of silence and several drinks in your memory every year. I'm happy to say that the football trips are still going strong. Most things like that die out eventually. I think this event will last until we are not physically capable of moving anymore, or the NFL folds. It's the group of people that make the trip what it is. You just can't find friends like that from most other occupations. The Public Service family is the greatest family to be a part of. It never forgets you and it will never leave you behind. We know your not with us on the football trips in body anymore, but I know your ass is there in spirit sitting in a lawn chair drinking with us. You are missed very much. Thank you for your service. You are a true hero, a Warrior, a soldier of the streets, and now a soldier of the sky. I look forward to drinking to you, and with you on the next trip.

VBPD Friend

February 13, 2009

Rest in peace young brother and thank you for your service.

Gordon Hobbs
NC Game Warden

February 5, 2009

The holidays have come and gone quickly. Not much time to reflect due to having to work on Christmas. I do always remember you being with us on Christmas eve when we eat our traditional dinner. I miss you at that table having a glass of homemade wine with us. I had a glass for you.

Please keep watch over your family and keep us all safe. Please watch Aunt Lucy and tell God to keep her with us for a while. She is now 81 and she doesn't bounce back from illness as well as she used to. Still this 81 year old has never been hospitalized. It's amazing. I hope it stays amazing.

I try to stay with her once in a while because she is lonely.

My blue light still shines in my window in memory of you. It will forever shine there.

I miss you little brother.

Your big sis,

Gina Pocceschi Boyle
Sister of this officer

January 7, 2009

Merry Christmas, Rod.


December 25, 2008

Dear Big Little Brother:

Today is your 39th birthday. I wondered all day what you would have done to celebrate. I wondered what you'd look like today, 5 years later; who would have more gray hair, you or me? I wondered who you'd be today and what else you would have succeeded at. I wondered whose life you would have touched today and the last five years. There are so many unanswered questions that can never be answered. I can only dream and only wonder. I miss the conversations about your job and the funny things people would do or say and the stupid things they'd say and do.

I miss our talks and our plans. I miss your funny laugh and big bear hugs. I miss your cough and the funny freckles on your fingers and so much more.

Even though you're gone, you continue to touch the lives of so many people in many different ways. We've been able to donate more than 50 bulletproof vests to local officers because You live daily thru our Adopt A Cop organization. Your life and death is the foundation or our organization and no matter how much time it takes or how hard it is at times, our mission continues to be "to bring our officers home safe to their families" as we would have liked in your situation.

We all miss you terribly and have not gone a single day without thinking about you and loving you....

Thank you, brother, for being so brave and taking care of your people, your neighborhood.

I'll see you in heaven.




September 17, 2008

So... you and Mike up there together watching over all your fellow officers in blue? I know you are, just as you would if you were here! I thought of you while attending Mike's funeral. The same church, the same blue sky, the same grief, the same stunned silence that it had happened at all. Too much of the same. Yet another senseless death by people too cowardly to live their lives honestly, courageously, the way you both did. Thoughts of you and Mike give your fellow officers the strength to go on fighting the good fight! Watch over them as I know you are.... and watch over all those yet to come.

An Officer's Wife

August 21, 2008




August 10, 2008

Oh Rod, another Virginia Beach officer taken last night. I just keep asking why. It brings back all the bad memories of your loss. I feel so bad for the family and how someone comes to their home in the early morning to inform the family of the loss.

Please watch over that family and help them through all of this. Only time heals but we never understand why and then we keep thinking in our heads of the what if you or Officer Phillips did something different to be here today.

I'm just in shock and with sadness over this. I feel sorry for the VA Beach Police having to relive another loss to their brothers in blue.

Gina Pocceschi Boyle
Sister to this officer

August 8, 2008


I just wanted to let you know that you are still in my thoughts. Today, I was at firearms training and saw several officers wearing your memorial t-shirts. I decided to look at your page tonight and was pleased to see so many others haven't forgotten either. I will never forget that day 5 years ago, it seems like only yesterday. I talk to my PPO's about you and what it is like to lose somebody in the line of duty that you know. We talk about the whole series of events from that night, and how no traffic stop is "routine", because you never know who you are pulling over. Talking about how you were taken from us has helped many new officer's here because it is in the back of their heads when they stop a car, especially when they are riding with me; I just wanted you to know that. Keep watch over us as we keep watch over those here in Va Beach. I will never forget.


MPO Bill Frederick

July 24, 2008

Another senseless tragedy that leaves our hearts heavy and our lives
burdened for such a cruel act on an innocent victim standing in harm's
way. I come to this site often and what is more of a burden to me than
the officers down is the messages I read that assume that becuz a
person is a police officer or a good person, he has earned himself a
place in Heaven. The Bible never teaches this. What it does teach is
that Jesus Christ paid the penalty for our sin by His shed blood and it
is only thru our faith in Him that we are guaranteed a place in Heaven.
So, to be with God and our Savior Jesus Christ in Heaven, one only
needs to make a reservation. Prayer of salvation, if you do not have
Jesus in your life pray this prayer and believe...."whosoever shall call
upon the name of the Lord shall be saved"(Romans 10:13)

Dear God,I know that Jesus was Your son,and He died on the cross and
was raised from the dead. I know I have sinned and need forgiveness. I
am willing to turn away from my sins and receive Jesus as my Savior
and Lord. Thank you for saving me. In Jesus' name, Amen.
No one knows when they will die so it's a good idea to have this
assurance policy in the event of an untimely death like Officer Pocceschi.
My heart grieves for his tremendous sacrifice, for his wife and little baby,
for his family and for his law enforcement family. There are no words to
express my deep sorrow, but I know the God of the universe sees all
and knows all and can comfort you in your time of need if you will just
turn towards Him. God bless each and every one of you who grieves
and aches and doesn't know what to do with the pain. Our hearts go out
to all of you. My condolences from one coast of America to the other.

Lynn Kole
Washington State

June 24, 2008

Dearest Big little brother:

5 years ago today, you were taken from us. We've shed a million or more tears and have good and bad days; but there is never a day when you are not thought of, and loved, and missed terribly. There is not an hour that you are not on my mind. There is not a day when I stop asking why or ask "What if?"

We got together today to share your memory with the girls and they each placed a beautiful sunflower on your grave and made and hung cards on your wreath. Remembrance of you is as important to them as it is to me. We cried and the girls cried because they miss you terribly and don't understand why either. They miss you but they are so very proud of you for taking a bad guy off the street. Now they are old enough to understand the sacrifice that our law enforcement officers make and that L.E.O'.s are someone's dad, mom, brother, sister, etc...

This morning was beautiful, like the day that the officers came to bare the horrific news of your death (how ironic). I can still picture that day as if it was will never leave my mind. People hear of the death of someone, but fortunately for most, they don't experience everything that a close family member has to experience. They don't know and don't have to deal with the sad details which turn into nightmares.

Your death has made negative and positive impact on our lives. Our lives have since become engulfed in everything "law enforcement" and we have committed our lives to continue with your mission. Something that may have never happened because our eyes and ears were not as open as they are now.

We respect your decision to become a Law Enforcement Officer, we know that you loved your work and we know that you made such a huge impact on the lives you touched...what more could anyone ask for than to be so happy.

You were a survivor and survived so much in your life; I guess God needed you for something truly important.

I've heard and believe that life on Earth is just a test or a challenge from God for each of us to see what we will do with our lives. You excelled so much and so quickly that it was your time to move on. Without my belief in that, there is nothing.

Today, Rodney, so many people are doing something in remembrance of you, and the list continues to grow. You were not perfect but you did possess greatness and many other fine qualities.


I've never been prouder of you than on 6/23/03. You, dearest brother


Still love you and missing you terribly.




June 23, 2008

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