Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Rodney Raylyn Kendricks

Lubbock Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, July 8, 2001

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Reflections for Patrolman Rodney Raylyn Kendricks

Rest easy

Mark Mottola

July 8, 2020

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 8, 2020

Patrolman Kendricks, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 14, 2020

Never to be forgotten. RIP.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired, NYSP

January 13, 2020

Rest in Peace Patrolman Rodney R. Kendricks. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Lubbock, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers.

Amen.

Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

July 8, 2016

It's hard to believe it's been 14 years already. It seems like only yesterday you were trying to keep that old bomber on the racetrack, good times. I've thought of you many times over the years and again today.

I'm sure you have watched your girls become great young woman; I hope they are well.

Gone from this world, but never forgotten... RIP old friend.

Michael Keeton

August 2, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas

July 15, 2015

Officer Kendricks-
I had the pleasure of getting to know your daughter Madilynn last week when she came to visit with my daughter. What a wonderful young lady, uplifting, funny, beautiful inside and out. I know you are, and have been, watching over her with great pride.

It is a tragedy that our daughters met through their shared experience of loss, but I believe that their angels, you and my Amanda's daddy, are working to help them navigate life in your absence.

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. You will never be forgotten.

Michelle Walker
Surviving Spouse, CHP Lt. Mike Walker EOW 12-31-05

July 7, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 12th anniversary year 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 pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Thanks to your families and friends for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater

January 1, 2013

I still remember those days in the academy. I also remember I was excited that you came to ride with me in Plainview. Miss ya bro.....God bless you

Sgt. Sam Lujan
Coppell TX Police Department
Serving Texas since 1988

August 2, 2012

2 days ago was 11 years since I lost you. I have missed you everyday since then. Its been hard without you here, but I know you are looking over me everyday with your hand on my shoulder. I love and miss you more than ever daddy.

Lost but never forgotten. I will forever be my daddys little girl RIP

Tori Kendricks
Daughter

July 10, 2012

Patrolman Kendricks,
On today, the 11th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Lubbock. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
U.S. Border Patrol

July 8, 2012

On that cold Thursday morning, Dec. 23, 1982, a 12-year old boy stood at the bus stop, eagerly waiting for the last school day before Christmas break to hurry by. As the bus pulled up at its usual 7:50am time, the boy had no idea that his father had just been in a head on collision, that he had been pulled from a burning car and was fighting a losing battle for his life in the back of a screeching ambulance. Only later that day did he learn that his father was already gone. No goodbyes, never to see him again.

I never thought that anything worthwhile could ever come from a day like that. I never thought that my loss would mean anything to anyone other than me.

Until I met your two precious daughters. They were such beautiful girls, Rodney--their hearts so sweet, and aching for you, trying to find a way to inhabit a world that you weren’t in.

I don’t know if I could ever do justice to the love you surely must have for them, and I don’t know if my parenting could ever equal what yours would surely have been. There is no father like the one who brought you into the world. A heart chooses only one, and loves him absolutely and unconditionally.

But your absence is far more than just a painful memory. It is part of what shapes their world today. I understand this in my bones.

I know that you have witnessed these last six years that I’ve been the adult man in their lives. You have seen my love for them grow. You have seen us laugh together, play together, and cry together. You have seen me discipline them, and you have seen me forgive them. You've seen us do schoolwork together, take vacations together, and sometimes just talk together. You have also seen me make my share of mistakes with them. Parenting, even with the two children I brought into this world, is just not for the faint of heart. You come as you are, each and every day, and they are watching you, each and every day. No one will ever know the heights of my strengths, and the depths of my weaknesses, as my kids, and now your daughters, will know. To be a parent is to willingly take on this mantle. With Tori and Madilynn, I long ago decided I was willing.

I cannot say that I have been right in all the decisions I have made. Parenthood never offers such guarantees. I hope you see that I have given my all and that I always will. You are the father of two young girls that I have come to love very much. It is a great honor to know them, and through knowing them, to know you.

Eric Bush
Stepfather to Victoria and Madilynn

April 26, 2010

Thanks For Keeping Us Safe. Rest In Peace Mr.Kendricks

Michael Hurt
Son of a Police Officer

October 1, 2008

If I had just one day to meet this man,
I'd give it up to Madilynn and Victoria.
They face terrible sorrow. I absolutely
LOVE Madilynn and Tori Kendricks, and
this is a unwanted loss.

~My prayer are with you.~

Unknown.

September 22, 2008

I never met Rodney Kendricks, and I'm very sorry that this
had to happen. I love you so much Madilynn and Tori!
Love, Sarah

Sarah Bush
Stepsister of Madilynn and Tori Kendricks.

September 19, 2008

I really didn't know her father but if he is anything like his daughter Maddie then he must have been a great person. If i knew him then i probably would have been in as much grief as Maddie and her family. I LOVE MADDIE WITH ALL MY HEART AND NOBODY CAN CHANGE THAT. I WILL ALWAYS BE THERE FOR HER AND HER FAMILY !!! I LOVE YOU MADDIE AND IM HAPPY WERE BEST FRIENDS. I LOVE SEEING YOU AT SCHOOL EVERYDAY !!!
WEVE BEEN THROUGH SOOO MUCH..... R.I.P. RODNEY RAYLYN KENDRICKS .... WE MISS YOU...
ILOVEYOUMADDIEKENDRICKS

Haya Ismail
Madilynn Kendricks (his daughter) best friend for lifee !!!

April 24, 2008

I was 6 when my dad died on July 8th! Now i am 13 and i will always remember everything he has done for me and my sister, tori. I know he is in a WAYY better place and even though its hard to keep going on in life with out him. He has taught me one thing, and that is to stay strong even when life gets you down. He has left me and my sister and my mother with each other and that is the greatest gift of all! I will always love and miss my dad! He is my true hero. A police officer is not there to give you a ticket or tell you, you are going to fast...they are there to keep you and everyone around you safe. I love and miss you dad!

Madilynn Kendricks
His daughter !

April 24, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

February 14, 2008

We still remember.

A Grateful Citizen

February 8, 2008

Milkbone,
Buddy, I still remember getting broken in by Henry, Kevin and you, and it seems like yesterday that we were talking to Steve and getting a coke while finishing up mids. I hope the girls are doing great; I'm sure they are. Tell Kevin Cox that I said hi and am still running my butt off (usually to those dumb academy cadences). By the way, I never told you thanks for taking me on the motors course. Be good and see you soon.
Phil

Sgt Phil Johnson
Lubbock PD

August 16, 2006

A man so remembered with love and respect never dies but continues to live on in the hearts and minds of others.

July 8, 2006

Rest in Peace Motorman. You are not forgotten.

Motor Officer D.Johnson
Metro Nashville Police Dept.

July 8, 2006

I knew Rodney for many years and had the privilege of working with him as well. I think of him often, he is missed.

Sgt. F. Picon
Lubbock Police Dept.

March 1, 2006

You well obviously well respected. rest in peace motorman for we have the watch now.

Ofc. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Dept.

February 25, 2004

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