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

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

Rod,

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.

Bill

MPO Bill Frederick
VBPD

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 yesterday...it 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.

YOU ARE A TRUE HERO WHO ANYONE WOULD BE HONORED TO LOOK UP TO AND FOLLOW.

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

UNSELFISHLY, RISKED THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE.

Still love you and missing you terribly.

Love,

Jaclyn


sister

June 23, 2008

You gave it all on this date, written in history. You are not forgotten. May you rest in peace and God watch over you and your family.

RETIRED DETECTIVE FRANK DEMARCO
NEW YORK CITY POLCIE

June 23, 2008

I can't believe it's been 5 years since you were taken away. I always thought that it was going to get easier with time, but it never seems to. 5 years and I'm still asking why and searching for a reason to understand but even I can't rationalize it.

I know you were laughing at me last night. As much as you taught me to toughen up and face my fears head on, every man has to shed a few tears now and then. I hope you were watching when we all toasted you with the snake bite shots.

Every day I carry your memorial coin in my pocket and I pray to you to keep us all safe. I hope you can still feel the love from all of us who are still hurting.

Help us all get through this day.

Jeff Kovalchik
Blakely, PA

June 23, 2008

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY TO YOU BRO AND TO DAD. HOPE YOU ARE BOTH HANGING OUT TOGETHER AND WITH ALL OF YOUR FAMILY. I'M MISSING YOU BOTH SOMETHING AWFUL TODAY.

SEEMS WHEN YOU HAVE TO WORK ALL DAY AND HAVE SOME QUIET TIME, YOU THINK ABOUT MEMORIES.

I REMEMBER ALL OF US TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TO BUY DAD FOR FATHER'S DAY. HE WAS SUCH A HARD PERSON TO BUY FOR.

I THINK ABOUT THE WONDERFUL THINGS THAT YOUR SON WOULD BE GIVING TO YOU TO SAY HAPPY FATHERS DAY AND I'M SO SAD THAT HE WILL NEVER KNOW OF YOU BECAUSE HE WAS SO YOUNG.

I HOPE YOU ARE HAPPY WITH ALL THE HAPPENINGS HERE AND CHANGES. THINGS SEEM GOOD FOR THE MOST PART. TIMES ARE TOUGH HERE RIGHT NOW AND MAKES ME THINK THAT IT WOULDN'T BE SO BAD TO BE WHERE YOU ARE AT.

BUT I'M NOT READY BUT I AM NOT AFRAID BECAUSE YOU AND DAD WILL BE THERE WHEN MY TIME COMES. I DO ASK THAT YOU BOTH WATCH OVER MY DAUGHTERS AND PROTECT THEM. DEVON HAS HER PERMIT AND I'M SO AFRAID OF HER DRIVING. PLEASE GUIDE HER.

IT WILL BE 5 YEARS IN 8 DAYS AND I TRY NOT TO THINK ABOUT THAT DAY. I THINK OF YOUR BIRTHDAY AND HAPPY OCCASIONS. DON'T WANT TO THINK ABOUT THAT AWFUL DAY.

SO ONCE AGAIN HAPPY FATHERS DAY!

LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU ALWAYS

XXOO

GINA POCCESCHI BOYLE
SISTER OF THIS BROTHER

June 15, 2008

Dear Big Little Brother:

As I'm getting things ready tonight in preparation of our Father's Day celebration, my thoughts, as always, are of you. Next month will be 5 years since you were killed...it breaks my heart knowing that you have missed every Father's Day of your sons life; you didn't even get to spend 1 with your little one.

I still haven't been able to gather and put together all of the articles and newspaper clippings from your death. Still, I cannot come to terms with the loss of you brother.

When I see your Line of Duty Death Reflection Page and read the article about your death, I fall to pieces and re-live that horrible day.

I miss you terribly.

I pray that heaven is everything that I've heard it is and that we will see each other again someday.

You are ALWAYS on my mind.

Happy 5th Father's Day in heaven.

Love always,

qua


Fallen Officers Remembered

June 14, 2008

Hey Rod... I cant believe it's been almost 5 years. Your sacrifice has not been forgotten, I just wanted to let you know we still remember.

luvavbcop

An Officer's Wife

June 14, 2008

Hey Rod,,You are still, and will always be missed, Brother in blue

Ed Kavanagh
VBPD/Friend

May 11, 2008

Just wanted to say you are thought about daily. Your memory is what keeps us going, continuing the fight, as you would have. Rest my friend, and watch over all the new officers coming out!

A Brother from the Beach!

MPO RW Cheatham
VBPD

May 11, 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 © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

April 8, 2008

Hi Rod,

Just thinking about you today.. wanted to stop in and say it! Keep watch over your brothers and sisters in blue. They need your help.

luvavbcop

An Officer's Wife

February 11, 2008

I never met you but we both grew up in the same area, and I remember when you were taken from us. I knew some people who knew you and have seen there names on these reflection pages. I'm from North Eastern PA and currently a police officer in York PA. I come to this website often and specifically your memorial. I read the messages that are left for you and I have seen all of the work that your family and friends are doing to help our fellow brothers and sisters. Your strength, courage, and honor will never be forgotten and may god bless you and your family.

LEO from NEPA

January 31, 2008

Five years are approaching since you left us, and for me, it seems almost like yesterday. Not a day nor a minute goes by that doesn't have some memory or thoughts of you.

The other day, something on tv reminded me of when you and I used to watch "B.J. and the Bear"; it used to be one of our favorite shows when we were kids.

It is still very hard for me to come here to write.

I'll never get over losing you and I live each day to keep your memory and mission alive. You sacrificed so much...too much.

Rest in peace little brother until we meet again.

Love always

qua


Fallen Officers Remembered

January 28, 2008

I visit as many pages as I can of the heroes listed on these many pages. I wanted to stop in again and leave a reflection to let your loved ones know that you have not been forgotten and that they are not alone out here. I know their daily struggle to go on with their lives that can never be normal again, but they take one day at a time and keep your memory alive in their hearts for their love for you will never die. You are a true hero. Continue to keep watch over all of your loved ones, come to them in their dreams in vivid color so that they know you are visiting them to let them know you are okay. Also, watch over those still out on patrol guarding over the Thin Blue Line. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

January 18, 2008

Another year has begun. The holidays were nice this year but I always feel my sadness wishing you were with us during our family traditions that we still carry on. We mention you every year.

I gave Jacci, Mom, and Aunt Lucy license plates with your picture on them. They were so happy to have it. Still don't speak with mom. That's okay though. My life is alot easier.

Your son is shy. He doesn't get that from you. What a big boy he is.

I know you were with us over the holidays. Where else would you want to be but with your family.

I miss you. I'm sending dad hugs too.

Love you little brother.

Gina Pocceschi Boyle
Sister of VA Beach Fallen Officer Rodney Pocceschi (EOW 6/23/03)

January 1, 2008

Happy New Year Rod !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! S.A.D.

December 30, 2007

Merry Christmas, Rod! And please pass the love to Randy, as he is also very much missed. You two watch over us.

VBPD Officer
VBPD

December 26, 2007

Rodney,

Please have a talk with God and ask him to please help stop all our officers from getting killed. I pray but I think we need some help from up there to get this under control. Too many people are not hesistating to hurt them. I don't want to see all those families suffer the pain of losing someone like we have. So please have a talk with God to help us.

I miss you lots and always feel like you are with me.

Wish you were here to celebrate my birthday next week.

Kisses to you and dad,

Your big sis, Gina

Gina Pocceschi Boyle
sister of Rodney

November 4, 2007

Over 4 years have passed since your EOW and you have not been forgotten, nor will that ever be the case by those that love and miss you dearly. You are a true hero and heroes never die. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

August 31, 2007

Missing you Rod, still think about you everyday wishing you were here.

So many officers getting killed. Just don't understand why we don't have stricter punishments for those that choose to hurt an officer or place an officer in harms way.

Your birthday is coming up. I can't believe you would be turning 38. I'd be telling you that your getting old and ready for retirement.

Please watch over all of us and help to keep us safe from the terror in this world.

Love you,

Your big sis

Gina Pocceschi Boyle
Sister of Rodney

August 25, 2007

Never forgotten...always remembered...you are truly missed Rod.

VBPD Officer

August 12, 2007

Dear Rod:

Please, if you are watching over us still, please help "bug"....she is still having so many problems dealing with your death. Your death was a very memorable tragedy to her at 2 1/2 and she still cries for you often despite anything that I can tell her to help ease her pain. Please help her with her fears and insecurity. Please help me to help her. You and God see her needs.

What a horrible, horrible thing these criminals do to the family and friends of these officers. If they only knew the depth of how this affects us or if they only cared enough to think before they kill.

God, please help our law enforcement officers.

July 12, 2007

I couldn't write on the anniversary of the night of your death. It was just too hard. I want to remember the good and not the bad. I think of the good now. No bad in our lives because I figure, why waste my life living depressed. I miss you and think about how grateful I was to have all the time that I had with you. My girls talk about you all the time and will always remember you. I wish you would come to me in my dreams again so I can hug you. I miss those dreams.

I am sending a hug to all that need one while remembering you. I thought about you yesterday because it was that day 4 years ago. The day we truly said goodbye for the last time when you were brought home to Wilkes-Barre PA.

I love you Rod. The pain isn't there anymore just the good memories of us throughout our lives. I wish you were here to see all your family.

Your big sister,
Gina

Gina Pocceschi Boyle
Sister of This Officer

July 3, 2007

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