Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Rodney C. Gillis

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, September 11, 2001

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Reflections for Sergeant Rodney C. Gillis

Sgt. Gillis,
Sir, on today the 8th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and all the other LEOs that died that day for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



September 11, 2009

The anniversary of 9/11 is coming up in a few days as you well know. I just wanted you to know that you have not been forgotten. Rest in Peace...

Sergeant Chris DiToro

September 8, 2009

The wicked flee where no man pursueth, but the righteous are bold as a lion.
Proverbs 28:1

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your friends and family. May God bless and keep them.


Friend of Off. Kris Fairbanks RIP 9-20-08


March 6, 2009

God Bless


February 21, 2009

I said a little prayer today for Sergeant Gillis and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

January 12, 2009

On the 7th anniversary of Officer Gillis’ death, we honored his service during roll call by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job.

Officer Gillis may be gone, but is not forgotten.

Sergeant Jeffrey W. Timmons
First Responder Unit
United States Capitol Police
Washington, D.C.


September 11, 2008

R.I.P. Brother, we still remember and appreciate your sacrifice. God be with your family.

Officer Wil
Modesto CA PD

September 11, 2008

SGT. Gillis your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Hands now brother. May you rest in peace

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

May 23, 2008

Every one of you gave the ultimate sacrifice for the country you loved may you rest in peace.

signed someone proud to work in Law enforcement when there older

March 29, 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
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

January 3, 2008

Thank you, Sgt. Rodney Gillis, for your dedication to God, your family and. ultimately, your country.

Your sacrifice was not in vain, and you will never be forgotten.

God speed and God bless. Rest in peace, Sgt. Gillis.

God Bless America.

LRVirgil, Civilian
Texas - Law Enforcement Supporter

September 30, 2007

You are not and will never be forgotten. You and the other brothers we lost that day are HEROES and will be remembered forever! Rest high on the streets of Heaven!

Deputy Brant Pewitt
Williamson Co. Sheriff's Dept TN.

September 11, 2007

Thank you for your sacrifice and all the lives you saved that day. It takes a brave officer to go into a burning building. Rest in peace.

Ohio State Highway Patrol

September 11, 2007

Rodney, my brother. To say that I miss you is quite the understatement. I remember when you, as a newly promoted Sergeant, arrived at the 7-7 Pct. It was real funny watching you try to make the meager Sgts locker room something similiar to ESU "quarters". I guess you finally figured out that there was and always would be a difference NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU CLEANED. We all had some really good times back then, on and off-duty. We were definitely tight but as I moved on I was soooooo glad when you return to be not only an E-Man but the boss (U-5). Damn Rod............anyway, I miss u bruh, I miss you. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!!!!!!!

Love and Prayers,

Lieutenant Mike Rogers

July 18, 2007

Dear Rod:
In writing this reflection to honor you, it is a mere gesture of what I would like to do. If I could, I would like to shake your hand, the hand of an American hero. I would like to have the opportunity to thank you for your service and sacrifice, and tell you personally, how proud you have made me, all police officers, and every American.
I made a promise to all of you who perished that awful day. The promise of a reflection to honor each and every one of you, to assist in ensuring your legacy. This is the least I can do for a brother officer.
When you pinned on your badge, you became a member of the greatest fraternity known to man...that of police officer. Others on the outside, have no real understanding of the bond we ALL share. And when one of us exalts himself such as you did, in an act of bravery, we are all exalted. And when one of us loses his life in the line of duty, a piece of ALL of us is lost, too.
I truly hope that your children will always know the enormous debt that America, and New Yorkers, owe to you. I am certain that your family is as proud of you, as we are. Whenever our great nation has faced peril, there has always been someone to rise to the occassion, and help defeat the threat. You too, were there on 11 September 2001, and as a result, many innocent lives were spared, and the threat of additional attacks has been twarted with new intelligence.
Your absence is felt, not only within your family, but in our thin blue line as well. Rest in peace with God, and may He bless your family, police officers everywhere, and God Bless America. Amen

Detective Ron Tomassi
Palm Beach Sheriff's Office-Florida

December 19, 2006



December 13, 2006

Thank you for service and dedication. You are not forgotten. Rest in peace, Sir!

Police Officer

November 3, 2006

To the family and loved ones of Sergeant Rodney Gillis and his fellow officers with the New York City Police Department and most especially to Rodney:

Mere words seem insignificant to honor your heroism and courage which will never be forgotten. On this the fifth anniversary month of the tragic devastation wreaked upon our nation, those brave men and women who lost their lives safeguarding others are remembered and revered.

May your spirit continue to soar and your memory continue to inspire.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect and gratitude for the distinquished service Rodney gave to his community and country, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 11, 2001.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg Police Department, CA; eow 4/24/05

September 29, 2006

a hero lives forever.....

September 12, 2006

Thank you

September 11, 2006

Thinking of you and your loved ones on this tragic day in history. You will never be forgotten and will be forever a hero.

Nicole Burdette
Wife of Deputy Alex Burdette EOW 3-12-05

September 11, 2006

HERO! Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

July 17, 2006

Just want to let everyone know that Sgt. Gillis is the honored officer whose name appears on my blue, metal MIA wrist bracelet that I wear. After the attacks I purchased (for the fund-raising efforts for victims' families) two bracelets, one in red for a downed fireman, which I gave to someone else; and my blue one which holds Sgt. Gillis' name. I wanted to let the family and loved ones know that I wear this with pride and sorrow both. I often hold him and his family and children in prayer that the Lord keep his loving Arms around all of you.

J Perdue

July 9, 2006

May God Bless Sgt Rodney Gillis and his family. I think you were the only guy in Truck 8 who smiled


May 19, 2006

We have not forgotten.................

AZ Narc

January 17, 2006

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