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

The thoughts and prayers of my family go out to Officer Pocceschis family and colleagues. As a fellow public servant in Va. Beach, I feel this loss and I am also grateful for the service that he provided. To Rodney....Your wife and son have been left in good hands, you need not worry for their safety. Your brothers in blue will ensure that they are taken care of. Rest in piece my friend.

Captain Jack Crandell
Virginia Beach Fire Dept.

Thought I did not know this great man, I feel as if I have worked with him every day. When an officer puts on his uniform to go to work, he is going in with thousands of his brothers in blue. Officer Pocceschi's death is a great loss to all of us. Having lost a brother and sister of our own recently, I know the great loss and grief his fellow officers feel. May all of God's blessings be upon his wife and young son. God bless you my Brother in Blue.

Norfolk PD Officer
Norfolk PD, Va

To my dearest friend, Gina. My heart aches for the loss of your brother Rodney. There hasn't been a day that has gone by that I haven't thought about you and your family and the terrible sadness you all are going through. Rodney gave his life to protect the citizens of VA Beach and I applaud him for that. He IS with God now, protecting all of us. God Bless him and his family.

Maria and Bob Longfellow
Smyrna, DE

God be with you and your biological family and your law enforcement family. Thank you for the ultimate sacrifice. You embody the hero in all of your brothers and sisters in law enforcement. As a civilian, I can only thank you from the depths of my heart.

Department of Juvenile Justice





You made the ultimate sacrifice...Without you doing what you did i might not be here writing this...Thank you alot rodney. And for maria and carson i want you to know you should be proud of rodney and carson should know his dad died being a hero. thank you and god bless

Safely Home

I am home in heaven, dear ones;
Oh so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.

All the pain and grief is over,
Every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever,
Safely home in heaven at last.

Did you wonder how I so calmly
Trod the valley of the shade?
Oh, but Jesus' love illumined
Every dark and fearful glade.

And he came himself to meet me
In that way so hard to tread;
And with Jesus' arm to lean on,
Could I have one doubt or dread?

Then you must not grieve so sorely,
For I love you dearly still;
Try to look beyond earth's shadows,
Pray to trust our Father's will.

There is work still waiting for you,
So you must not idly stand;
Do it now, while life remains,
You shall rest in Jesus' land.

When that work is all completed,
He will gently call you home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
Oh, the joy to see you come!

Son of a VBP Officer

I want to send my sympathies, and say THANK YOU Officer Pocceschi. I am currently off the Coast Of IRAQ with the USS FIREBOLT and my fellow ship mates have asked me to send my appologies to the family, friends, and CO-Workers of Officer Pocceschi. I am a Volunteer EMT with the city of Virginia Beach and I always look up to the Police Officers out there risking their lives to protect the Citizens. People dont understand why a Police Officer does what he/She does. Well I understand and RESPECT them all.

To the Wife and Son of Officer Pocceschi please if you feel you need anything what so ever, Please stop by one of the FIRE Stations in the City and ask. If you just want to stop by and talk feel free. What I am trying to say is that We are all here to help in anyway possible if the need arises. The whole City is here to help. One of our Volunteers is an Officer at the 4th precinct and I want to extend my condolences to him as well, I am sorry to hear that you lost a Fellow Officer and friend. May GOD BLESS all the Police Officers and watch over the POCCESCHI Family.

Calvin J. Adams
EMT/ VA BEACH Station 2

Calvin Adams
Davis Corner Rescue/ USS FIREBOLT (PC 10)

My God's Loving arms bring comfort to you and your family Maria during this time mourning.

Dana Jones
VABCH Probation & Parole

There is no greater love than a person lays down their life for another. I know Rod is with God and watching over all of us. My thoughts and prayers are with the Pocceshi family and all those who volunteer to keep this country great. God Bless You!


My heartfelt sympathy goes out ot the family and coworkers of Officer Pocceschi.

Although I did not have the privilege to have known you personally, I grieve for your loss my friend. Rest in peace knowing that those of us left behind will proudly cover your post on the thin blue line.


After hearing all the tribute to you and learning about what kind of person you are, I felt sad that I didn't get the opportunity to meet you and to know you. As a brother in blue, I have lost a little bit of my heart and soul.

I was comforted however, to hear at the memorial service in your honor, that you were a Christian man. Knowing that eased the sorrow. And I smiled and felt joy and relief for you and your family.

Rest now. I rejoice for you, for you are with our Creator, where there is no pain and no sorrow. We, your brothers and sisters in blue, will continue the fight. Out of something bad, always comes good. It is promised. God Bless.

J. Eaton
Virginia Beach Police Department

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