Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Rodney C. "Rocky" Bonney

Auburn Police Department, Maine

End of Watch Monday, April 6, 1981

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Reflections for Police Officer Rodney C. "Rocky" Bonney

Officer Bonney, it has been 47 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your military and 2 years of law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

April 6, 2024

Officer Bonney, it has been 46 years since you were taken from us. Northern New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices that you and too many others have made for us. Thank you for your service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

April 6, 2023

Officer Bonney,
On today, the 41st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USN. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

April 6, 2022

ROCKY: 41 years and you are not forgotten....Continue to rest easy...

SSA Peter Mador
Maine Drug Enforcement

April 5, 2022

I am 40 years late in finding this memorial site, and I'm not even sure it is appropriate for me to leave a comment here as I am not in law enforcement. I loved knowing you, cousin, although for far too short a time. Today I made a donation to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation in your honor, in the hope that we might help other fallen heroes. Rest in peace, Rocky.


August 21, 2021

Today, on the 40th anniversary of your ultimate sacrifice to save the life of a citizen, I had the honor of conducting an Honor Guard ceremony at your memorial. I was honored to present your spouse with a flag that was flown over the memorial and the gratitude I saw in her eyes was a reminder you will never be forgotten. Rest easy Rocky.

Detective Nick Gagnon
Auburn Police Department

April 6, 2021

Rest in peace Officer Bonney.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 6, 2019

I served in the Navy and became good friends with Rodney while we were being trained in Great Lakes, Illinois. He made me laugh and his being from Maine with his accent and his laugh, when we got to know each other, made me appreciate what a good guy he was. I was always determined to go to Maine and look him up. For years I tried my best to search through records to find his phone number or address. When I lived in Virginia, I tried again as I had vacation time coming and wanted to look up my 'A' School buddy while in Maine. As I recall that effort was around the late 80's. Then, later, I did an 'online' search where I found the memorial to Rodney. That shook me to the core with his passing and how he died. I contacted his police force and was hoping to get a Navy picture to 'Cherry', his wife if I'm correct. She did contact me via email and wished to have me send the picture to his daughter. Before I got to send the picture, my computer died and 'no' backup and thus lost all address information. Also, I have had health issues with more hospital visits than I'd like. If anyone can find his daughter, or should some other address where I can get the picture to her, I would appreciate that. I felt bad when I promised to get it sent and Murphy's law hit me. Rodney becoming an police officer after the Navy surprised me as we never really discussed what we were going to do career-wise after serving our enlistment. Rodney was the best.

ex-Navy Optical Repairman Carlton Brooks
friend from Navy 'A' School

August 29, 2018

Rest in peace my friend

Don Hedbany

February 20, 2015

You may be gone but you will never be forgotten. The Auburn Police Department has named our newest K9 in your honor. I am privileged to be K9 Rocky's handler. I met your wife recently and when she met K9 Rocky for the first time the look in her eyes is something that I will never forget. Rest easy Rocky you deserve it.

K9 Officer Tyler Ham
Auburn Police Department

August 31, 2013

Gone, but not forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

April 6, 2013

Officer Bonney, today, on the 32nd anniversary of your sacrifice "A" Shift dedicates our watch to you. Thank you for your service, you will NEVER be forgotten.

Sgt. J.L. Slaughter
Radford Police Department, VA

April 6, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

November 23, 2012

Your service, sacrifice and heroism is honored today by the members of Auburn Police Department. Thirty-one years ago today you paid the ultimate price attempting to save another. Today at roll call we spoke at length about that fateful day. We honor you, your family and friends today.

Team C
Auburn Police Department

April 6, 2012

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

April 6, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 28th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya


April 6, 2009


Pat Van Den Berghe

April 7, 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
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

February 11, 2008

Officer Bonney, I worked for the Auburn Police Department for a short time (2/93 - 9/94). I remember the stories told about you and your courageous actions by fellow officers who knew you. I was proud of you even though we never met and wondered if I would have had the courage you showed on that fateful day. I've moved on to a law enforcement career in Toledo Ohio and we just lost an officer in the line of duty to gun fire. It is incredibly painful. I know how the Auburn Police Department must have felt when they lost you. I'm certain that God has blessed you greatly for your sacrifice and is watching over your loved ones and Auburn's finest. Well done sir. Rest in peace.


The former, "Auburn 50."

Sgt Phil Cook
Toledo Police Dept. Toledo Ohio

March 6, 2007

Officer Bonney, thank you for your service.

wife of Retired LEO

June 28, 2006

We will never forget! Yours was not in vain!

Matt Lyons
OPD. Ca.

May 24, 2006

Officer Bonney:

Your service is remembered today. Twenty five years have passed since that cold April day in Auburn, and the memory will always be in our minds.To all "Rocky's" co-workers and friends, you are still in my thoughts and prayers, be safe and be at peace.


H.E.C. Jr.

Howard E. Cooke, Jr.
Maine DPS/BLE (retired)

April 6, 2006

Brother Rodney,
I knew you when were were growing up in High School. I was older and went into the service finally ending up in Virginia. I became a Norfolk Police Officer in 1970 but never knew you also joined the Police Department in Auburn, my old home town. You made the ultimate sacrifice of your life and became a Hero trying to serve. How proud we are of you. I will find the Memorial this summer in Auburn. God Bless you Rocky.
You are missed..

Corporal Jerry P. Edwards
Norfolk Police Department (Retired)

March 20, 2006

On the anniversary of your death, I thank you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

April 6, 2005

A True Hero.

Former Police Officer

February 20, 2005

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