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

Rod, I think of you and the sacrifice you made everyday. Things will never be the same without you here, but I want you to know you will never be forgotten. Every time I ride by the spot on Dam Neck rd. tears come to my eyes, as I remember the good and hard times we had in the academy. Rod we have the watch now, rest in peace my brother!

Detective VBPD
28th Academy

July 23, 2005


As I sit here in front of my computer and remember you, tears roll down my face. There is not a day that goes by that Tiffany and I dont think of the ultimate sacrafice made by you. Im not sure that we will ever be the same. I look at you and the pictures on the fridge of Carson and wonder why...I still dont have any answers...We miss you pal..

MPO R.S. Franklin
Virginia Beach PD

July 18, 2005

You are constantly on my mind Rod. On June 23rd, Devon, Lauren, and I went to your gravesite to say hello. We stopped and saw Aunt Lucy too. Tell Dad we will always watch over her.

On June 24th (friday), mom, Fred, and I met at your gravesite. Joe Delucca stopped by also. I cleaned off your stone and made it look beautiful. We have wreaths, picture collage, flowers, and cards near it. Afterward we headed over to what has become our place to go to talk about you. It is called the Tipsy Turtle and so far we have gone there for the past two June 23rd rememberances and for your birthdays, September 17th.

I made a toast to your mother and father-in-law, Yolanda and Ken, for their anniversary. We toasted you. The crowd gets bigger and bigger. This year we had Elaine, Donna, Michael, Glenna (these are cousins); Yolanda, Ken, Mark (brother-in-law), Jack (Carson's godfather), Mom and Fred, Eddie (your best friend), and Tom and myself.

Eddie was telling us the one story that I have to allow people to hear because it is so funny.

Eddie told us how during your teenage years, a police officer pulled in front of you and you slammed on the horn at the officer. He was now pulling you over. You had beer in the car and told Eddie to pour out all the cans onto Dad's car floor. You got arrested and had to have mom come bail you out. You then went back to get the car and told Eddie to spray hairspray all over the floor to cover up the smell. The next morning dad approached Eddie and told him that you wouldn't say anything and he would like to know how his whole car floor got sticky. I never laughed so hard. Only you would blow your horn, while drinking, at a police car.

I'm glad to hear that you never did anything bad with my firebird, when you borrowed it.

Each day after June 23rd, I kept picturing what we were doing 2 years ago and how everything played out. It just kept coming back to me. I remembered June 30th (the day of your service in VA Beach). I remmembered July 1st (the evening that we gathered at Good Old Days with all the VA officers that traveled). I remember July 2nd when we said our final goodbyes here in Pittston, PA.

Everyone is taking care of Maria and I know that people were worried about her but she seems to be doing well. We talk more now and things don't seem to hurt as much.

I will always wonder though what life would be like right now if you were here.

I miss you, little brother. I feel your presence. Until next time, big hugs and kisses to you and Dad.

Gina Pocceschi Boyle
Sister of Officer

July 7, 2005

Thank you to all of you who continue to remember our brother, Rod, even 2 years later.

It still seems like yesterday to us.

It has been rehabilitating to us to read your reflections and see how loved he was. This is all that we have left of him.

Sometimes it is still difficult to accept that he is no longer alive.

We are truly appreciative of this website as a communucation to help get us through each day.

May God Bless you all.

Thank you

Jaclyn Pocceschi Mosley

June 26, 2005

Dear "Big, little brother":

If I could have a lifetime wish,
A dream that would come true,
I'd pray to God with all my heart,
for yesterday and You.

A thousand words can't bring you back,
I know because I tried.
And neither can a million tears;
I know because I've cried.

You left behind my broken heart
and happy memories, too.
I never wanted memories,
I only wanted you. (author unknown)

I miss you terribly. My pain is no less than 2 years ago. I still remember everything that day. Sometimes I pretend that I just haven't seen you in a long time; that you are busy working and eases the pain.

Every moment of every day, you are on my mind. I know that you helped answer one of my prayers...thank you for that.

I continue everday with you in mind thinking "What else can I do to help carryout your dream to make our neighborhoods safer".

Your death has made a big impact on our lives.

The other day, Mikayla started crying that she misses you. She was only 2 when you got killed, but your nieces remember it like it was yesterday. She asked me if i could bring you back, because mommy's are supposed to make everything better. I told her that you are with God in a much safer place and watching over us.

While in Va for the Unity Tour, we got to see the park that was dedicated in your honor. I am so proud of your unselfishness. You gave the ultimate sacrifice.

I remember when you used to fight with me over the tv, even when you already had your turn. You were so selfish over the tv (something of no major importance), yet, you so bravely gave your life. I admire you.

Christmas, Christmas Eve, and Memorial Day will never be the same.

I miss your wit and sarcasm. I miss your big hugs. I miss your presence.

Thanks for listening everday.

Help me get thru tomorrow.

sister Jacci


June 26, 2005

We will never forget what you did for us two years ago. God bless you and may you continue to rest in peace. Also may God continue to bless your family and friends. In Valor There is Hope....You are a hero Officer Pocceschi.

A Friend of a VA Beach Police Officer

June 25, 2005

Rod, I can't believe it's been two years today that the Lord called you home. But you know what, it isn't any easier to except. At times I almost convince myself that it really didn't happen. But, we all know that it did. Ken and I like to remember you by telling "Rod" stories. Like the one when you and Ken on Fridays would go in the basement and start celebrating the weekend. I would come home from work and find you and Ken taking turns dancing with the dog. I would just look at you two and laugh. Then I would go back upstairs and make something for you two to eat because I knew that neither one of you thought about eating. Speaking of eating, Ken asked me to make your favorite dessert yesterday "Tandy Kakes" in your memory. Of course I made two cookie sheets of them because whenever I made them for you, I had to make two, one for you and one for the rest of us. I knew how you loved them and I was more than happy to make them. I think of you everyday and thank God that you were my son-in-law while you were on this earth. Things are so different now, I am afraid our family will never be the same. I do alot of praying and hope that God will intervene. As for our precious little Carson, he is as handsome as you and he is so-o smart. He is a little mini Rod. The last time I saw Carson I couldn't get over how much energy he had. He made me recall some of the stories we heard from your Mom about you. We are blessed to have him and doubly blessed that he looks like you. He has Maria's eyes in a way. But,there is no mistaking that he is Rod Pocceschi's son. You would be proud. We are. I love you Rod and I miss you so much. One day we will all be together again as a family. Love, Yolanda (Mom)6/23/05

Yolanda Wielgopolski(Mom)

June 23, 2005

Some events that took place in 2003 seem like decades ago, but I feel like it was just yesterday when the horrible news reached me. The candle I burn next to your picture needs to be replaced, guess I've been thinking about you a lot lately.

I miss you and wish you were still here with us on Earth. I know you can see everything and you're still communication through your own ways. Last month is asked if you still had my back and now I know you do. Thank you for what you've done, I know it was your power in all of it and you helped make this happen.

I'll wear your tee shirt today and your ears will be ringing. I will be praying for your soul and for all of your family and friends that feel heartache on this day. And I pray that you are in heaven at peace and smiling when you read how much you were loved and respected and missed, not only on June 23rd but every day.

Love ya man!

"When i feel like there's no one... that will ever know me, there you are to show me. "
"When I look to the sky, something tells me you're here with me...and you make everything all right when you are here."

Jeff Kovalchik
18 1/2

June 23, 2005

Two years ago today, I remember the phone ringing at 3:30 a.m. and my heart stopping. What a great loss we all suffered that night. Life changed for all of us that day. Know that you are missed and your brothers in blue watch over your family. Rest in peace.

Amy, Wife of VBPD Brother in Blue

June 23, 2005

Brother Rod,

Hard to believe that it has been two years since you were taken from us. Though the time passes, not a day goes by that I don't think about the sacrifice that you made for your city and your profession. We carry on in your memory...Please watch over us as we remember our Hero, Our Angel In Blue.

PO J.J. Menago

June 23, 2005

In loving memory of P.O. Rodney
Pocceschi: It is two years now that
you've been gone and I am so angry
for all that you will miss here on earth. But I know that God is faithful and He will somehow make it up to
you. My heart goes out to all those
left behind that are still feeling the
canyon of grief from your premature departure.
These reflections tell of a man of
integrity and honor who is deeply
loved and respected by all who knew
him. Time will not lessen the pain
nor the memories. You will be
fondly remembered forever. My love
to your wife and son and condolences to your brothers and
sisters in law enforcement. From
one coast of America to the other,
Lynn Kole
Washington State

June 23, 2005

Well Rod, it was a week I will never forget. I really wished that I was there with you and would have gotten to watch you ride in the Unity Tour one year. John rode for you and did well. Jacci and I did our support for them this year. It was very exhausting but worth it to see the faces of those riders each time they got closer and closer.

It doesn't hurt so bad anymore to think about you. I know you are in a better place. I have released most of my anger with God and have come back into the church.

I haven't prayed in a long time and when I finally did, I know the prayer was heard because we got to see your son before the tour and it truly touched me to see him.

I wish you were here so that I could pick on you for having a boy just like you. He is a handful. I could just picture the stories you would be telling me about him. I hear some from your wife.

She is doing well.

Everyone still talks so highly of you and remembers the great stories of you. It was great being able to hear some of them this past week.

Next month will be 2 years. I wanted to play in our annual family golf tournament as a memory to you but I haven't had time to swing the club. So forgive me if I don't do it this year. But know that Ken and his family will be golfing.

I love you. Kiss dad for me. Big hugs and kisses to you.

Gina Pocceschi Boyle
Sister of Officer

May 15, 2005

June 23rd seems to be approaching much more quickly than any of us would like it to. I can't believe it will be 2 years soon.

Rod, as you can see from heaven, I recently went back to the job that I had when you were taken from us. I still feel uneasy every time I go through the motions I was the night I saw your face on the news here in Scranton. I can't shake them, yet it's been so long.

You sister has been in touch with me and that is awesome. I need to write to her more often. It felt great to know that she cared enough to get in contact with me. Now that spring is here I remember all the time we spent together at work. Nights like these were the best for shooting the bull and riding around trying to catch the law breakers. And of course all the lectures I got from you. Hope you're happy to see that I listened to you most of the time. You're on my mind every day and I hope that never changes.

I recently received pictures of the memorial on Damn Neck Road from a group of friends who were vacationing there recently. The age old saying is that a picture is worth a thousand words. It's odd that those pictures enstil thousands of memories and emotions, but I'm speechless when I view them. To feel so much but not be able to speak. It's like nothing I have felt before.... but then again you were like no one I had met before.

One in a million...still.... and always!

Miss ya man! Do you still have my back?

Jeff Kovalchik
18 1/2

May 14, 2005

I miss you Rod very much. God Bless You my friend. I carry good memories in my heart. Thank you for everything.


May 11, 2005

I truly could not believe it when I stumbled upon Rod's name in an article written for a memorial service that included MY husband AND Rod. I attended this service shortly after my husband died last year and I must have been totally oblivious at the time. I was pulling up articles on my husband for a scrapbook I was making and just could not believe what I was reading. I thought to myself, "This cant be Rod from Bloomsburg, it just cant be!". I frantically came on the officer down site bc I just HAD to see his picture. I was in shock when I saw what I didnt want to see. I could not believe what I read.

I met Rod at Bloomsburg University when he worked on campus. He was such a nice guy. He worked the overnight shift, and when he was bored and it was quiet and an uneventful night, I would meet him different places on campus and we would talk and talk until the early morning hours. I havent seen him since graduation, but everytime since then when I heard a Bee Gees song, I always thought of him.

To Rods family, I know the pain and suffering you are all feeling. I am so sorry for your loss and I hope that I run into you one day and finally get to meet you and tell you how sorry I am in person. He is a true hero, one of Virginia Beach's finest and one of the nations finest.

Denise Petrelli Zimmerman

Denise Petrelli Zimmerman
Surviving Spouse of NJ State Trooper Bert Zimmerman 02-05-04

May 8, 2005

Rod, I know you are in heaven with dad and I wanted to send this to you to please tell dad that we are remembering the anniversary of his passing. It is this Thursday April 21st. I wish you were both here with us. Please watch over your family show some of your family that are lost, how to come home to the people that love them. Things don't always work out for the best. We need a little help down here so send us some sunshine. I love you Rod. Tell dad I love him too and miss him.

To Lawrence Joseph Pocceschi (father of Rodney), here are bigs hugs from your family whom remember your passing on April 21, 1993.

Gina Pocceschi Boyle
Sister of Officer

April 19, 2005

Rod, I still think of you daily, and miss you dearly. You will never be forgotten

Det. Va Beach Police Dept. (28th)
Virginia Beach

April 7, 2005


Imagine how our world would be,
if every Police Officer quit!
Turned in their gun, turned in their badge,
just finally had enough of it!

No respect, no loyalty,
no appreciation of all they do...
they'd give their lives for all of us,
these Wonderful Officers in Blue!

Kicked at, spit on,
punched, stabbed, and shot....
everyday assaults on officers
done...without thinking a second thought!

Our laws are in favor of criminals;
there's always some loophole in their case; out again to commit more crimes and murders
...creates pain, that we, the family and friends time will never erase.

Why should they do it?
Why take the risk?
Why put their life on the line?
Subject their loved ones to endless suffering...
when their precious life is lost while fighting crime.

More murders, more kidnappings, more robberies and rapes...
just to mention a few.
Please ask yourself how life would be,
if there were NO officers in Blue!

Would you do it? Could you do it?
And for how many...would YOU give it all?
Rewards are a 21 gun salute, a Medal of Honor, and your name gets added to the Wall!

Think about it. Why are they here?
And why do some hate them so?
They enforce the laws that put convicts and murderers
in jail serving time or on "Death Row".

All give some and some give all,
it's a risk they chose to take;
to put their heart and soul in it,
to put THEIR lives at stake.

So, please take a moment,
Please give it deep thought,
think of what YOU can do...

To help show respect,
to help follow laws,
So we'd quit losing our "Heroes in Blue"!

written by Jaclyn Pocceschi Mosley
sister of Fallen Officer "Rodney F. Pocceschi EOW 6/23/03"

written in loving honor and memory for Rod and all Law Enforcement. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for ALL you do and your unselfish sacrifices!


March 11, 2005

This to my brother:

Dear Bro: it will be 2 years this June that you left us for Heaven. There's not a waking moment, bedtime moment or hour that you are not thought of or terribly missed. You are the lucky one for you are in a safer, peaceful place. We talk about you all the time so that your nieces will never forget you and your heroism. We have become actively involved in carrying out your mission to help make our world a safer place; this we do in honor of you.
We know that you are watching over us and that you are very proud. Now we know our mission in life.

Love and kisses....xoxo


March 11, 2005

I think of you and that fateful day every time I drive by the memorial at the spot. Your courage and sacrifice will never be forgotten.


former VBPD AUX

February 12, 2005

Just reading your reflections today and I'm reminded of what a hero you are. We are so grateful that we were blessed with you here on earth with us even though for such a short period of time. Rest easy, and thanks for all you've done.


January 27, 2005

Rod had to smile last week I saw you on COPS and there you stood your ground as you did in real life, telling the woman to get in touch with life, and her husband to look at what was in front of him. I told my friend that was the way he was all the time.
Well at least your still on TV and I can see you in action as I did before.
I still miss you, Rick

Detective Rick Spargos

January 15, 2005

I was truly amazed to come on to Rod's memorial site this evening and see that you could still write reflections. I read all the ones I hadn't read or printed.

If I would have known, I would have wished you, Rod, happy birthday in 2003 and tell you that some of us gathered at a bar and drank to you. We talked about you all night (Just the way you would have wanted it to be).

Christmas 2003 was the hardest of all times. You always ate all the smelts and spaghetti that Aunt Lucy made. She still makes that much. I think it is her way of trying to remember all that used to eat with her on Christmas eve. This was our family time and it was sooo empty. All I could do was cry.

After being able to talk with some close friends, and after finally having you come into my dreams, I was able to cope with losing you. I have had 4 dreams about you and will never forget the first one where you came to me in my dream, and sat on my couch. I cried and said you weren't real but I was going to sit by you anyway. When I sat down next to you, I leaned my head on your shoulder and cried so hard. It was then that I felt the biggest hug ever. I could feel the warmth of your body next to mine. You didn't speak but kept smiling. You glowed. I truly felt you were there because when dad died I couldn't touch him or feel him in my dreams. You knew that I needed your brotherly arms around me and you hugged me.

We toasted you again on June 23rd and on September 17 (your birthday) in 2004. We remembered you during Police Week of 2004. John rode for you Rod. He misses you alot. Thank you for sending us Scott because he is like a brother that we needed to have in this life.

I am sure you are watching from above and seeing how wonderful the officers are to your family and everyone. I see that they still hurt, like me. They think of you too. I think of you everyday. My blue candle shines in two windows 24/7. It is telling you to come home Rod.

I miss seeing Maria and Carson. Things are really different now.

Please protect us down here and watch over all your brothers in blue.

Jaclyn and I have found our purpose in life now. It is to help promote Police Week in the schools (where the kids are young) and to promote it anywhere else we can.

I love you little brother. You are now buried next to dad and I always keep pictures of us on your grave. I place my cards there too.

Please keep Carson and Maria safe.

I'm sending you a big hug and a kiss from Devon, Lauren (your godchild), and me.


January 14, 2005

Last night I got pulled over in a sobriety check and actually ran into a few friend officers who were conducting the checkpoint. I am constantly thank ful for everything these officers do to keep us safe each and every day. They are out there to make sure we make it home safe, putting aside their safety. I went by your memorial today on Dam Neck Road Officer Pocceschi and I left you flowers and cleaned up a little. There was another set of fresh flowers out there and that made me smile. We will never forget what you did for us. May God continue to bless you and your family left behind.


January 1, 2005

On this Christmas day I just want to thank you again for your loyal service to the public and the ultimate sacrifice that you gave so others can live in peace. You are not forgotten and will always be alive in our hearts! God bless you Rod.

Officer K Sanchez

December 25, 2004

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