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

You are still with me today as I patrol the streets of VB. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Gone but never forgotten. Your memory will never fade. Rest in Peace...

JP
VBPD

December 23, 2004

We all still miss you so much Rod.

Always

Tommy
VBPD

December 1, 2004

Rod-
Still miss you and think of you every day. Wish you were here to trade stories at "choir practice". God bless...

Matt
VBPD

November 19, 2004

My family would like to send our heartfelt sympathies to the family, friends, & fellow co-workers of P.O. Rodney Pocceschi.
You're in our thoughts and prayers. May God watch over all the brave men and women in law
enforcement who put their lives on the line everyday as they serve & protect their communities.
Your job is a difficult one and we truly appreciate all you do. God bless each & everyone of you.

Gail M Pabst
Aunt of fallen Detroit P.O. Jennifer Fettig eow 2-16-04

November 17, 2004

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies.....

Rest in peace, hero. God bless.

September 29, 2004

Even though I never knew Officer Rod Pocceschi, I wanted to take the time to share how the sacrifice he made was able to have a lasting effect on me, a 22-year-old student from Reading, PA. Last summer I had the opportunity of doing an internship with the Reading Police Dept. My first day was Monday, June 23rd, the day Officer Pocceschi was killed, but I only found out about his death that Friday. During roll call, the Sergeant told all of the officers about gunfire in Virginia Beach and how an officer had been killed. Being in the presence of men and women who put their lives on the line every day to protect people like me really opened my eyes and made me realize how important it is to appreciate what these officers do and the risks that they face. This weekend I was visiting a friend at Bloomsburg University and we stopped by Good Old Days, the bar where Rod used to work. In the entrance way, I noticed a memorial made in his honor, and it made me smile. I thank you, Officer Pocceschi, for the sacrifice you made, for touching so many people in your life, and for making such a lasting impression on so many even after your death.

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but rather by the moments that take our breath away..."

Havilyn
Reading, Pennsylvania

September 26, 2004

-Words can't express the feeling I felt as Susan walked into L.E.T.A. and told us "There's no easy way to put this, Rod is dead." The words lingered in my soul as I graduated from the academy two days later. I realized that training was over and it was time to hit the streets. Rod, we love you and will always remember you as we do what we do. From myself, the rest of the 35th Police Recruit Academy and the Beach department....God bless your family and may we never forget.

Officer W.L.Gervin
Virginia Beach Police Department

September 21, 2004

Happy Birthday in Heaven buddy! Still miss you and will never forget you.

Jeff Kovalchik
18 1/2

September 17, 2004

You have chosen to do a thankless job, know that your sacrafice will not be forgotten. The streets are still in the best hands.

Tracie
Daughter, sister & sister-in-law of VBPD officers

September 16, 2004

Rod, I had the honor the to be in Academy class 28 with you. You are a true hereo, who I miss dearly and you will never be forgotten.

Member of the 28th
VBPD

August 28, 2004

We still miss you, buddy. Never forgotten, always remembered....


VBPD

August 28, 2004

Still not a day goes by when I don't think of Rodney or feel a sense of him being around me. Even after a year's passing, I am hoping that no one is forgetting about him. Although not in the literal sense, he still feels so alive around me. It makes me feel safe, valid and honored to have this wonderful angel on my side.

I'm planning on taking a vacation in the next couple of weeks and am going to visit Virginia Beach. I always said I would never visit because of the bad memories it would bring, however, something is telling me to go. I would appreciate it if anyone could let me know of any memorials the city has for Rodney. Please e-mail me and let me know what I shouldn't miss when I'm there. Feel free to e-mail just to share great stories of Rod too. Thanks!


rest in peace bro!

Jeff Kovalchik
Blakely, PA

August 8, 2004

I never had the honor of meeting Rod, but I am thankful for his dedication and service to all of us. I drive past the location of his death everyday and I render a salute to him and his fellow officers - literally. I hope the other drivers see me do it and think a little. No, I hope they think a lot. One of my sons is a Police Officer too, so I do understand the risks you all face everyday and every night. God Bless you all, and be safe. Do not ever go softly into the night.

T. Yorty
Virginia Beach

August 4, 2004

To Maria,Carson, and everyone that loved Rod:

It's been a year now since Rod was taken from us. I think about him all the time and I miss him all the time. I like to talk about Rod, not to depress people, but to let them know what a great person Rod was and so he is always remembered. Thank you for the joy you brought to my life, the late night conversations, comming to visit me at work when you had time, the laughs, and mostly for letting me call you a friend. I do miss you a great deal but I thank GOD for the time he gave me with you. I hope you are in a peacful place filled with warmth, that is what you deserve. I dont know what else to say except RIP and GOD bless your soul and your family.

Richard Blovad
Friend

June 23, 2004

Continue to rest in peace Officer Pocceschi....

Last Traffic Stop....

A police officer listens
To a whisper in his ear
Please don’t go
He freezes with fear

He shakes his head
So the voice will go away
"I have a job to do"
He hears himself say

He lays his fears aside
To follow his path
Little does he know
This is the call of death

He approaches the vehicle
Using his flashlight
To ease his fear
Break through the night

A loud blast
What could he have done
How could he have known
This lady had a gun

"I have done what I’ve sworn to do"
Guard your miserable life
Uphold justice
And protect you

With his last breath of life
He touches the badge on his chest
"Lord I've kept my promise and done my best"
My son welcome to heaven
Close your eyes and rest

June 23, 2004

Took the long way to work this morning and drove by the site. After a year it still hurts. Hope to get a permanent marker there soon. Know you’ve been a guardian angel to many of us this past year. Hope we’re doing honor to your name and the job you loved. Continue to watch over us. You’ll never be forgotten for your sacrifice.

Anonymous

June 23, 2004

"To laugh often and love much;
To win the respect of intelligent people
And the affection of children;
To earn the approbation of honest critics
And endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To give one's self;
To leave the world a little better,
Whether by a healthy child,
A garden patch,
Or a redeemed social condition;
To have played and laughed with enthusiasm
And sung with exultation;
To know even one life has breathed easier
Because you have lived ...

This is to have suceeded."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rod ...
Thanks for making a difference in theis world. You're not forgotten ...
June 23, 2004

June 23, 2004

Wednesday, June 23, 2004. For most of the world, it's just another day. People are rushing to work, others out running errands, the house across the street is alive with the sound of carpenters replacing a roof. To most, it's any other Wednesday.

For anyone reading these pages, it's one of the saddest days in the year. The day we lost one of the greatest men of the world. One year has passed, yet the pain I felt on this day last year remains.

There is no solice in asking "Why him?" There is no logical answer. Nothing anyone says can justify the loss of Rod. I thought that after a year's passing, it would be easier to cope and accept his passing. It isn't.

I find comfort in talking about him to people who didn't get the chance to meet him. Those who didn't have the awesome opportunity to have him influence their lives. The people of the world who do not appreciate the dangerous work the men and women in blue do every day to keep us safe.

I talk to him every day. There are so many moments and experiences in the past year where I felt his strong presence around me. I can only hope he hears my prayers and my feelings of regret for not having shared my appreciation for his friendship while he was still on Earth.

Maria, Carson, Jacci, Gina, Mrs. Lee, and everyone else who loved Rod, I join you on this day in remembering him and feeling the loss of one of the greatest men God gave to this Earth. There isn't a day that goes by when I don't think of him.

Rod, I can only hope you can see all of these reflections. I hope you can feel the love everyone is sending to your soul. I know you're still around and still watching our backs. I pray you can continue to give everyone who misses you the comfort you provided to us before you were taken away. I hope you never stop guiding me or watching over me. I can only pray that I get the chance to pay you back. Until that day comes, I'll never forget you or let anyone else forget how awesome you were.

I wish with all my heart that Heaven is as beautiful and as peaceful as we are led to believe. You deserve nothing less than an eternity of comfort and happiness. That is what you provided to so many people for 33 years. It's your turn to feel it.

I miss you, but i'll never forget you.

p.s. thanks for the dimes

Jeff '18 1/2'
06/23/04

Jeff Kovalchik
18 1/2

June 23, 2004

We will never forget this officer's service and sacrifice. NEVER! Our Nation's Capital has many, long standing memorials, some of which have names inscribed upon them. The names are of men and women that have made a difference to this great Country. Some of those names include Presidents, Brave Soldiers, and Courageous Law Enforcement Officers. The name "Rodney F. Pocceschi" is now among the select, other heroic and great men and women in our Nation's history.

What a tremendous honor it was for me to know you Rod. I will forever appreciate what you did on June 23, 2003.

Sergeant W. S. Humphrey
Virginia Beach Police Department

June 23, 2004

Rod,

You are still missed.
You are still loved.

Always,
Tommy

Tommy
VBPD

June 23, 2004

If I knew it would be the last time
that I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be the last time
that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss
and call you back for one more.

If I knew it would be the last time
I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time,
I could spare an extra minute or two
to stop and say I love you,
instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.

If I knew it would be the last time
I would be there to share your day,
well I'm sure you'll have so many more,
so I can let just this one slip away.

For surely there's always tomorrow
to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance
to make everything right.

There will always be another day
to say our I love you's,
And certainly there's another chance
to say our "Anything I can do's?"

But just in case I might be wrong,
and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you
and I hope we never forget,

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,
young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance you get
to hold your loved one tight..

So if you're waiting for tomorrow,
why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes,
you'll surely regret the day,

That you didn't take that extra time
for a smile, a hug, or a kiss
and you were too busy to grant someone,
what turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today,
whisper in their ear,
Tell them how much you love them
and that you'll always hold them dear,

Take time to say "I'm sorry, please forgive me,"
"thank you" or "it's okay".
And if tomorrow never comes,
you'll have no regrets about today.

Rodney its only 3 days till the day you were taken from everyone.I can't believe its been a year already. please watch over our family. Love you, miss you and I think about you everyday.

Ashley Cardamone

June 20, 2004

Rodney, I am going to share some thoughts and sentiments with your sister Gina . . . and your wife, son and all your family and friends. Gina, first, I want to express to you my saddness and anger over the murder of your brother, Rodney. I never had the pleasure of knowing him personally, however, as you will understand in this reflection, I do know a part of him, as we all know of each other in our police profession. I appreciate your feelings regarding friends, family and other officers who feel self conscious and reluctant to speak to you about him. I understand their apprehensiveness, as I am a member of our law enforcement community, and have had many friends murdered and killed in the line of duty. Our guarded silence is a way in which we try to assure ourselves that we won't say the "wrong" thing . . . something that may cause you more saddness (if that's even possible), but I know you know what I mean. Consequently, we often say nothing, to guard against any chance of saying that which would enhance your grief. Please believe me when I tell you that all 650,000 of us want to hug you and all of Rodney's survivors and we want to tell you, "We love you all, we hurt for him and you . . . he was our fraternal brother, and we feel brotherly love for him, whether we knew him or not."

Gina, I'm glad that in your reflection, you asked for our sentiments, because I want to tell you (and all Rodney's survivors) something that I feel is very important that you know. It is something that is not often spoken about among police, yet we all know and feel strongly about it. It is this . . . none of us want to "go", to leave this earth . . . to leave our families, loved ones and friends, but as police officers, if we have to go, if our "number's up," if it's our time and our Heavenly Father is calling us home, then please . . . please let us go on duty, proudly displaying or carrying our badge, doing that which is an inherent need within us as police . . . protecting the people of our community!

Gina, being a policeman is not so much what Rodney "did" . . . but rather, it was "who he was." He was truely a warrior, and as with all warriors, historically or contempoary, he felt the overwhelming need to protect the members of his community, and was willing to do so accepting the risk of serious bodily harm or death. He loved what he did eneough to readily accept the tough working conditions, the long and irregular working hours, being exposed to the inclement elements, walking down streets the protected would never set foot upon, seeing that which the protected could not bear to cast their eyes upon, and arresting and taking into custody criminals that the protected would flee from.

As is inscribed upon the National Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial . . . "It is not how they died that made them heroes, but rather, how they lived." Gina, your little brother was a warrior . . . he fought his final battle bravely, with honor and dignity. . . he did what he was born to do . . he protected all of us . . . if he had to be called home by our Father, at that time and date, he did so as he would have wanted to . . . on duty, in uniform, protecting the lives of all of us from violence and evil. I promice you that . . . I'm confident that all my brother and sister officers would support that sentiment one hundred percent!

Finally, I want to share this last thought with you. I have been to the funerals of countless officers, most of whom I knew and were my friends . . . and many who I did not know personally, but who were in fact my police brothers and sisters. I've heard many preachers speak many words of intended comfort, however, most of those words did not bring me much comfort . . . except the words spoken by one preacher at the funeral of an officer that I had never met. I will never forget them. The officer was 25 years old when he was murdered. During the funeral sermon, the preacher said of the young officer, "It is far, far better to have lived twenty-five years than to have never lived at all."

Gina, it is far, far better that Rodney lived thirty-three years, than to have never lived at all. He had the wonderful opportunity to receive and give love for thirty-three years, to touch the lives of so many, and to enjoy having his life touched by so many. I hope my thoughts and sentiments have brought you and all his family some comfort. Thank you for asking for our sentiments, and affording me this opportunity.

To Rodney . . . We all give "some", but you have given "all." Go rest high on that mountain my brother. . . you are a Blue Angel now. We will proudly cover your post on The Thin Blue Line. I honor you, your name, your memory, and mostly, for the ultimate sacrifice you made protecting the citizens of Virginia Beach, Commonwealth of Virginia, and our nation. You will never be forgotten.

With utmost respect and brotherly love, Jim Crotty (Former Richmond, VA Police Officer & current Instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, GA.)


Special Agent (Retired)
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms

May 29, 2004

Rod, you are not forgotten. I keep your picture in my car to this day.
Love you man...Jester

May 22, 2004

I still think of Rod often, he was a great neighbor and fellow officer. He always had a way of making 3rd shift so much fun. He will always be missed.

Cpl. Barbara Kreischer
Bloomsburg University Police Dept

May 21, 2004

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Posted by A Very Proud Friend on May 12, 2004 at 13:32:06:

I never knew Officer Pocceschi but I have heard many wonderful words and memories spoken on his behalf. Officer Pocceschi died on June 23, 2003 on a routine patrol on Dam Neck Road in Virginia Beach.

I had the honor of riding in a memorial bike ride this past Sunday for Rod. More than 100 + police officers were in attendance during this amazing memorial to him. I fought back tears as I watched his heart broken wife Maria looking over the large crowd of police officers and family members. I myself could have not been prouder at that very moment or more honored to have been allowed to be part of such a heart moving tribute.

Officer Pocceschi, I have had the pleasure of getting to know some of your fellow officers and please know how much your brothers and sisters care. Know your wife and son are being cared for and they are thought of each and every day.

The Virginia Police Unity Tour members are making their way as we speak to the National Memorial. I have thought of them often in the past few hours and days and what a wonderful way of honoring you Officer Pocceschi. I cannot be prouder to say one of my good friends is one of those officers and a rider.

You are truly a hero Officer Pocceschi and with honor, your name will be added to that wall Thursday evening by your fellow Virginia Beach Police Officers. These officers are also heros and they truly represent the meaning of "In Valor There is Hope." From A Very Proud Friend



A Very Proud Friend and VA Beach Citizen

May 12, 2004

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