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 knew from being on rescue. There were times where you would stop by the station to say hi to us. I will never forget you Rod. May the Lord keep you and your family safe.

Carolyn Thomas

December 15, 2020

I will never forget when you were killed. I have always prayed for you every time I pass by the place where your life was ended. I never met you but I hope the Lord hear my prayers for you and your family.

Virginia Beach

June 23, 2020

This year is different for me. I still think of you, your LODD was my first as an LEOW and it affected me greatly. I know your loved ones will gather tonight and I hate that I won't be there. I will think about you and say a prayer for all your brothers in blue. Watch over them.


June 23, 2020

Rod, it's been a long time but still thinking about you. I hope you are resting easy. Your old high school friend and teammate.

Retired Sergeant John Wojcik
Prince William County Police Dept.

June 17, 2020

I don't come to this page too often because this page brings sadness when I see your photo. I love all the beautiful reflections left for you. I think it has been 3-4 years since i have visited this page. I think about everyday still after 16 years. I stopped at your gravesite on christmas eve, in our hometown to say a prayer. I know one day we will see each other again. I miss you baby brother.

Gina Pocceschi Boyle

January 4, 2020

I had returned home from Afghanistan one day prior to your passing and lived less than a mile from where you laid down your life protecting the citizens of my hometown. In 16 years I have never forgotten your name and I say a somber prayer of thanks each and every time I pass by the memorial that still stands where you fell. Thank you Officer Pocceschi; you have not been forgotten.

USN (RET)/VB Citizen

June 24, 2019

Virginia Beach PBA will never forget.

MPO B.R. Luciano President PBA#34

June 24, 2019

I miss you friend.
You will never be forgotten.


June 23, 2018

Rest in Peace, Rod
Retired VBPD #823

Detective #823 Darrell Jackson
Virginia Beach Police Department

June 23, 2018

Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

June 23, 2018

My partner was given a vest by your sisters. Every time I work with him I think of your sacrifice & their generosity. May you continue to Rest In Peace and many thanks to your sisters for keeping Police Officers protected.

Patrolman Stephen Hall
Dalton Borough Police

June 23, 2017

Miss you my friend.

Master Police Officer Scott Franklin
Virginia Beach Police Department

May 23, 2017

I hope your resting well brother. You make us proud.

Detective K.M. Stewart

July 10, 2016

This is the turning point for me. 9/11 made me want to serve, but Officer Pocceschi's death made me so mad I had to become a cop. It was my goal from then on. It happened only a mile or two from my house and my friends, who I was supposed to meet were at the IHOP that was robbed and saw an officer, unsure if it was Pocceschi leaving as they entered.

In 2007 I was finally able to graduate from North Carolina's Basic Law Enforcement Academy and became an officer in 2008. I still plan on moving back to VB and joining VBPD one day.

Officer M. A. Oakley
Littleton PD, Littleton NC

May 5, 2016

I remember Officer Pocceschi as a sensitive and compassionate man. One night, only weeks before his death, he approached my car in the parking lot of Chimney Hill Shopping Center about 2 AM. He asked what I was doing sitting there all alone. I told him I was reflecting on my mother's death, earlier that day. He suggested that I should be with family but I told him I was the strong one everyone leaned on. He expressed sympathy and drove off. He came back a few minutes later. He took some personal time so that he could sit with me. I remember thinking how beautiful this moment was, the Police Office consoling the preacher. When I heard what had happened I was deeply saddened but thankful that we had shared that unforgettable moment. God put us together for a moment in time and revealed a shining soul.

Reverend Vernon Kitabu Turner

January 25, 2016

I haven't been on this page in a long time. It makes me sad to come to this page because I'm writing of memories instead of making them with rod. Not a day has gone by in the 4558 days that I don't wonder how we would have spent our lives together. So much would be different. Hard only having a sister left of our family only. Love big family memories

The world is evil but I look at all the good and draw my energy from that. Miss you nag brother. Please help us watch over the law enforcement here. So difficult for them.

Gina Pocceschi Boyle

December 15, 2015

After reading all of the messages here, it's very clear that Police Officer Rodney Fredderick Pocceschi was one hell of a man.

Thank you for your sacrifice. As a citizen of Virginia Beach, I will be on the lookout for your memorial when driving on Dam Neck Road and remember you.

Virginia Beach

September 11, 2015

Was thinking of you today. I hope you know Peace Rod. You are not forgotten.

Retired MPO Recupero

August 30, 2015

Miss you as much today as ever my good man. Rest well.

Scott Franklin

June 23, 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

June 23, 2015

I drive passed your tree a few times a week. Each time that my daughter is with me, she points it out. She is only 9 right now, but she understands, coming from a military family.

Thank You.

I know that you are missed everyday.

Thankful Citizen

April 16, 2015

As a fellow Virginia Beach Police Department employee, I am so touched by the deaths of so many Virginia Beach Police Officers since my leaving the department in the 1970's. Especially by those officers that were married, and leaving behind children that will never remember their father, as Rodney's child of nine months old, when his father was murdered.

It goes the opposite direction as well! A police officer dying in the line of duty with a 9 month old child, that he will never see grow to maturity, and possibly having grand children he will never see or know as well. That is the horrible crux of these valiant officers giving their ultimate sacrifice for their communities.

All are brothers, like as in the Marine Corps, brothers-in-arms.

Sgt Raymond L. Britt, USMC
Fellow Police Department Worker
Marine Corps Veteran
Decorated Vietnam War Veteran

Sgt Raymond L. Britt, USMC
Past employee of the Virginia Beach Police Department

October 10, 2014

Rodney is buried about three feet from my parents and grandmother. I never miss an opportunity to wipe off Rodney's grave, say a prayer and say "thank you."

Marion Weiscarger Roughsedge

August 15, 2014

Yet another year we gathered at Murphy's to honor and remember you and your sacrifice. Can't believe its been 11 years. We all miss you brother. Continue to rest peacefully for we have the watch here. We know you will always have our back!

MPO T. D. Recupero
VBPD & Friend

June 23, 2014

Fallen but never forgotten!!!!

Corporal Chad Thomas
Mahoning Township Police Department

June 6, 2014

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