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

Dear Big,little brother:

I did it, I did it! For you and the 19,000+ who have also risked the ultimate sacrifice; for you and the more than 900,000 nationwide who put their life on the line every minute they are out there; for you and approx. 250,000 who are out protecting our neighborhoods and they, themselves are not protected by nor provided with body armor! I took all my major fears: (height/14,000', speed/120mph, airplanes/jumped out of it, and motion/felt a little queasy, and put them aside to come out of my comfort zone and do even more then I ever thought possible to try to help raise awareness to get help with body armor, to increase respect and appreciation for your brothers and sisters in blue! You were with me the whole time and I got as close to you as I possibly could for now, little brother. It was a unique and unforgettable experience though I'm not saying that I loved it because I was totally petrified and was shaking and felt ill when I landed, but I am so proud that I was able to do this for all that you and your brothers and sisters in blue stand for. I'm here for all of you. I miss you terribly but I spend each day moving forward and pressing on to help make a difference; that is what I live for. Your death has made such a huge impact on all of us and we've tried to turn it into something positive to benefit others; that's what you would want. I am happy now, being able to do something for you everyday. Your memory lives on in me each and every day! xo

your little, big sister


April 16, 2011

Dear Big Little brother: Very soon, I will be heading to SC to face a fear, but it will not be in vain because it has and will continue to raise awareness for the more than 19,000 of your brothers and sisters who have risked the ultimate sacrifice and for the 900,000 sworn officers who put their life on the line everyday, of which approx. 250,000 of them are not provided with nor protected by a new bulletproof vest to give them a fighting chance to win the war on crime in our neighborhoods.

I know you are proud of me and I will do this in honor and appreciation and as a way to give back even more to our brave, taken for granted, forgotten enforcement officers.

I wish I could do something even more grandeur to bring you back because I miss you so very much and feel that I've missed out on so much of you and that you and your family have also missed out.

When I jump out of that plane and I'm in the air, I will be with you and you will be with me. It will be the closest to heaven that I can get for now to get me even closer to you.

Missing you and thinking of you always....

love, your little big sis

Jaclyn Pocceschi Mosley

April 6, 2011

Dear Little Brother:

Today 9/17 we would have celebrated your 41st birthday,but you were taken from us more than 7 years ago...taken away because of greed or need for money for whatever use. The person who took your life ended up doing it all for nothing because he too lost his life. Senseless.

There are still many things I miss like your hugs, that cough or clearing of your throat, your sarcasm, your laugh, your freckles, your calls and visits and so much more. I often reflect and wonder how you would have changed (would you have more gray hair to cover than me), where you would have gone with your job and what promotions you would have received, what things we could have done together like the plans we had before you got taken away. Despite the pictures, videos, and memories I have it just never seems like enough, but nothing will bring you back to our lives. We still remember you clearly everyday. We talk about you and share stories about you and it helps. If I could spend this birthday with you, I'd give you a big kiss and hug and spend time with you and give you a thoughful and memorable card and even have a picture taken so I could say "that was his 41st birthday". I'd also tell you how much I love you and how much you mean to me. I am so glad you knew that and that we didn't have any tiffs or arguments at the time that left us not speaking to each other; it was stupid when we did and we realized that life is short; and for you it was.

I hope when people read this, they will mend any strained relationships where communication is not open and at least have an ounce of peace between each other.

I will celebrate you and all that you are and were worth to me. I will not waste the day; I will do something good in memory of you.

I love and miss you more than most people could understand.

Love your little big sister,

jaclyn xo


September 16, 2010

Dear friends and family who still visit this site of our beloved brother, Rodney:

We thank you so much for continuously remembering and honoring years later. It seems almost like yesterday, not seven years later. We still truly miss him, too and wonder what would have been.

We, his family, are doing our best to live our lives, as Rodney would want us to. We've allowed ourselves to be happy again and take life one day at a time and live it to the fullest; we know, that is what he would want because if the situation was reversed, we would want the same. While living our lives to the fullest, we have made it our mission to take our tragedy and use it to help make a difference in the lives of as many law enforcement officers as possible. Thus, we created Fallen Officers Remembered and have vested our local law enforcement officers with new bulletproof vests since more than 70% of our local officers are not protected.

If you have experienced a tragedy, please turn it into something positive for others...not only will you be helping others but it is and has been wonderful therapy for us and has helped us get thru the most difficult times because of positive focus of helping others so that they and their families don't experience what we have. That is what our brother, Rodney would want.

One of Rodney's favorite quotes has also helped me take a different approach on life:
"Life isn't measured by the amount of breaths you take, but by the amount of moments that take your breath away." (anonymous)

Please, create those moments, as many as possible, that take your breath away.


Jaclyn Pocceschi Mosley


June 25, 2010

It has been 7 years since Rod was taken from us and he is still greatly missed. His sacrifice will never be forgotten, and he continues to serve as a reminder of what the badge should, and does, mean to those of us who chose to wear it, not only in Virginia Beach, but throughout this country.


June 24, 2010

Requiem in pacem.


June 24, 2010

We miss you and celebrated your life tonight. I know you were watching. I hope the toast did you honor. You are not forgotten. I'm honored to call you a friend.


MPO T. Recupero

June 23, 2010

Just got back from Murphy's. A bunch of us once again went up there to have a few beers, and celebrate your life. You are a true hero, and you are missed but you will never be forgotten! In Valor there is Hope!

VBPD 28th Academy

June 23, 2010

God bless your memory, Rod. Thank you.


June 23, 2010

Most of today has gone by. I've slept through most of it because I don't want all those horrible memories to come back into my mind. I'm trying to think of all the good memories we had. I'm missing you soo much today. But, I'm at peace. I know someday I'll see you again.

There are alot of people that will be remembering you today, Rod. They will be celebrating the great life you had.

I'm letting my life try to be as it should be and do the normal things I should be doing today like laundry, work, etc.

I hope you are looking down tonight to watch so many people remember the wonderful man you were.

I love you and once again miss you everyday.

Keep a safe watch over all of us.

Your big sis,
Gina Pocceschi Boyle

Gina Pocceschi Boyle
Sister of this officer

June 23, 2010

We will gather tonight to remember the good times and salute your sacrifice. You are always remebered.

J.D. Jenkins VBPD Retired

June 23, 2010

Hard to believe in a few hours it will have been 7 years since we talked. Your friends will once again gather for a night of laughter and probably some tears to honor you. It still hurts man. I swore that day you would be remembered and you still are. Your "brothers" have not forgotted. Hope you like our toasts!


MPO T. Recupero

June 22, 2010

I never knew you but I heard alot of great things about you within the past 10 minutes... May you rest in peace brother....


June 22, 2010

This officer's memorial page came up randomly today. After reading all the previous reflections I can clearly see Rodney is much loved and sorely missed by many. A brave professional taken too soon from those who love him.

I offer a piece by Henry Van Dyle to Rodney's honor. God Bless.

“I am standing upon the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads her white
sails to the morning breeze and starts
for the blue ocean.

She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until at length
she hangs like a speck of white cloud
just where the sea and sky come
to mingle with each other.

Then, someone at my side says;
"There, she is gone!"

"Gone where?"
Gone from my sight. That is all.
She is just as large in mast and hull
and spar as she was when she left my side
and she is just as able to bear her
load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her.

And just at the moment when someone
at my side says, "There, she is gone!"
There are other eyes watching her coming,
and other voices ready to take up the glad
"Here she comes!"
And that is dying.”
-Henry Van Dyke

T Gaylor
Ret'd Texas leo

May 22, 2010

It's almost 7 years since your life was taken. Today the journey begins again for your brother in law to ride in honor of you and all of your brothers and sisters in blue.
This year he'll also ride in honor and memory of one of our local state troopers who sadly lost his life to gunfire also.

We all still miss you terribly and think of you everyday. We think about what you would have looked look now and where you'd be in your field and what other memories we would have made and we can only wonder.

The kids always do things to honor and remember you.

Our lives have all changed so drastically due to your death but in a positive way because we make sure you live thru us and that we honor and respect your brothers and sisters daily.

Your favorite saying is still fresh in my mind: Life is not about how many breaths you take but by the amount of moments that take your breath away. It is now my favorite.

To those of you reading this, cherish every moment you have with your loved ones and friends because we never know when our time will come. Make every day a memory.

Write notes to your loved ones and give them to them and put some away; they will make a difference to them when you are gone someday. Offer hope, love, kind words, hugs, kisses, inspiration and whatever you can to make and give as many breathtaking moments as possible, because life is far too short.

Love always and forever, brother. Hugs and kisses to heaven.



May 8, 2010

Stopped by tonight to see the events that would be happening during Police Week and of course had to drop by your page. You are in my thoughts and your family is in my prayers. Watch over your fellow officers as always!


An Officer's Wife

April 6, 2010

Rod, you are truly missed brother. You will never be forgotten. RIP

MPO E Kavanagh

March 13, 2010

I usually visit this web site beacuse I really admire all the fallen police officers.
I am from Spain and I am studying to be a state trooper. Here, in Spain, the fallen police officers are forgoten. In USA however they are always remembered, I think that this is one of the biggest thinks of USA.
I don´t know why but I remember your face when I enter in this page. I suppose that your face make me familiar but I live so far that I don´t know why.
I have been searching information about you and you are a hero.
On March I am goin to visit New York as a turist, I am going to remember you.
Gina if you reads this message I would like to have a contac with you (my email: [email protected])
Goodbye Rodney

Jonatan M. C

March 7, 2010

Christmas time was very special this year because we were able to see Carson and Maria. He is so smart, tall, well-mannered (where did that come from, not you, jk), and handsome. We enjoyed seeing him. He resembles you.

I do want the day to come in the future that he may know of your death and ask about your life. Right now it is to hard for a boy his age to try and understand any of it.

Every year we reflect on Christmas Eve about how many smelts you would have eaten if you were here with us. I miss you and dad there.

Please watch over all of us and keep us safe.

Forever missing you. Love you little brother.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year in Heaven

Gina Pocceschi Boyle
Sister of Rod

December 30, 2009

Merry Christmas Rodney!!!!!!!!!!!!


December 24, 2009

I just wanted you to know that I have not forgotten about you or your ultimate sacrifice. It seems that there has been an increase on officer attacks by individuals that should have been in jail, and I and can't help but think about you and your family. I want you to know that your brothers in blue will continue to fight to keep these animals in jail where they belong, and hope the justice system will keep them there. So far we have kept up our end of the bargain. Thanks again for everything you have done for myself and this department.

Rest in peace.

MPO T Schultz

November 30, 2009

happy birthday Rod miss ya !

carl pocceschi

September 18, 2009

We miss you at the family functions, card games and on the golf course. No one liked winning more than you! Forever a friend, brother and hero.

The strength and courage of your sacrafice will never be forgotten.

Thomas Boyle

September 18, 2009

Happy Birthday Partner!

The time has flown by, but my sorrow of your loss on that tragic morning still remains.

I’m honored we were able to work side-by-side and I greatly miss your friendship.

I’ll raise a Yuengling tonight in your memory.



September 17, 2009

Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Rodney, I have met his 2 amazing sisters. I have seen these two work tirelessly on projects they so believed in to help fellow officers. They are celebrating Rodney's life this week and I would like to say to both of them, we are all so proud of you. Thank you for your inspiration. We could all take a lesson.


September 17, 2009

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