Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Rodney Tomlinson Holder

Abilene Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, April 29, 2010

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Reflections for Officer Rodney Tomlinson Holder

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

October 6, 2018

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

August 7, 2017

I loved to visit with him out in the parking lot. He was usually leaving and I was coming in. He always had a great big smile on his face. You couldn't tell if he ever had a bad day. I know he must have. He was always apologizing to me for having to work with Detc. Scott. Lots of fun banter. It will be 6 years ago since we lost him. A big loss for all of us. A Class act. Miss you Buddy.

Granny Squad Vickie Edmondson
APD

April 22, 2016

Rodney, we all miss you. I miss seeing you sitting on your motorcycle in the parking lot. You always had a great smile and something nice to say. God bless my friend. R.I.P.

Youngest Granny Vickie Edmondson
Abilene Police Dept. Granny Squad

April 28, 2015

I remember Officer Holder responding to the accident near the skate park in which my grandpa and grandma were in their car and were going down the small road near the skate park when a woman in a car with a trailer came out and busted my grandparents left blinker. Officer Holder responded to the call saying my grandpa was cursing and threatening the woman. Officer Holder was nice and nothing bad happened. I also remember meeting him many times when I was younger. He would smile and ask how I was and I would hug him and tell him I wanted to be just like him. He is deeply missed and thought of everyday by family, friends and the APD.

Son of Brown County Deputy, Troy Boulter
Civilian Supporter

March 20, 2015

Officer Holder,
On today, the 4th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Abilene. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

April 29, 2014

Rest in Peace my brother, we have the watch from here

Police Officer
Dallas PD

April 20, 2014

Rodney was the best father a person could ask for. He loved my mom and I more than anything. He also loved his job, and his motorcycle. I remember on his off days, he would take his motorcycle to the front yard, and hand wash it until it shone. And every morning, I would go to the driveway with him, and start his motorcycle. Who knew that on that day, I would do that for the last time. I know he's in a better place now.
Thank you for everything you've done for us. You will not be forgotten.

Kyler Holder
Son of fallen officer Rodney Holder (EOW 4/29/2010)

January 2, 2014

Officer Holder, Clearly you made an impact on the people around you. I found Officer Rickers' remembrance of his time with you particularly touching. To have another man say that he'd like his son, his grandsons to be like another man should say everything about you that needs to be said. I cannot wait to meet you and shake your hand in heaven for standing your watch and doing your time. May God bless your family and may the memory of all you had to give on this earth continue to endure in the hearts and minds of seasoned vets, the new recruits, and the civilians you bravely served. Godspeed. Fair winds and a following sea my friend.

Senior Trooper (Ret.)
Oregon State Police

April 29, 2013

Rodney Holder was my friend and partner. We came out of the academy 6 months apart and developed an immediate friendship. We served on Patrol Company 'B', the Blacksheep, together, transferred to SWAT a year apart and later joined back up on the Traffic Division together. He took care of my motor while I was in the desert with the Navy in '05.

We shared so many good times together. Our wives became friends and we spent a lot of time together socially. But our friendship was forged out of some difficulties too. Rodney lost his first wife to cancer. We had tough situations at work that we dealt with together.

I loved Rodney like a brother. In many senses he was my brother. I miss him more each day. There are times that I can almost feel his presence around me. His memory is kept alive in our office with his portrait and coffee cup hanging on the wall. There's an intersection in town that has a large number of collisions annually. Rodney once drew that intersection free hand on a note pad and handed it to me as I was working an accident there. To this day I still use that drawing. Little things like that keep his memory fresh to me.

Rodney is a man I'd like for my own son and grandsons to be like. I so look forward to the day I'll see him again......

Patrolman Mike Ricker
Abilene Police Department

February 21, 2013

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

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

January 24, 2013

Sympathies to the Holder family. I was looking for you on facebook when I stumbled onto this site. I am truly sorry old friend.

Glenn Weller Spec. 4
fellow soldiers & roomates.

December 17, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the second 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.

I pray for solace for all that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 29, 2012

Rodney, it was an honor to do a 5k in your memory this year. There were parts of it where I was struggling because the weather was less than ideal. Anytime I struggled I'd ask you real quick for a pick-me-up and you always responded with another person on the course offering me support -- from Chief Standridge to Sgt. Jordan to other runners. Thank you and we still miss you.

Brandon McAuliffe, Civilian
Son of Abilene PD officer

April 6, 2012

Thinking about you today Rodney as I start to prepare that "new Orleans seafood dressing " you liked and that gumbo with HOT sausage. Rest in peace and what over your family and other officers

Lydia

November 15, 2011

Almost a year and a half since your passing, and you are still in my thoughts. I think back to those days when the "Black Sheep" reigned and all of the experiences we went through.

You are missed.

RIP

Jim Francisco
U.S. Marshals (retired) & former APD officer

October 18, 2011

To Officer Rodney Tomlinson Holder, his family and his fellow officers with the Abilene Police Department:

Our heartfelt thoughts are with you on the anniversary of Officer Holder’s tragic death and we honor him for his valor and sacrifice to the community. Rest in Peace, Officer Holder and thank you for your service.

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc
Members and Staff

April 29, 2011

I am truly sorry for the loss of your partner.

I am a Deputy Sheriff in Tallahassee, Florida and will be riding my bicycle 250 miles from Virginia to Washington D.C. in honorOfficer Holder in this year's Police Unity Tour.

If it is not too much to ask, I would like to contact a department representative or family member so that I might meet the family if they will be in Washington D.C. for Police Memorial Week.

Thank you for your time and it will be an HONOR to ride for your fallen Officer.

Dep. Georgia Northway
Leon County Sheriff's Office

April 12, 2011

Officer Holder,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Abilene. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
USBP

November 16, 2010

I come to the ODMP often to remember my late fiancé Dennis. Every time I come here it breaks my heart to know that yet another officer has fallen and that yet another family has to live their lives without the officer they loved. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Officer Holder. Know that you are not alone in the "journey" that you walk. Should you ever need anything please don't hesitate to contact me. (The Davis Co. Sheriff's Office in Iowa will always know how to reach me. I can also be found on Face Book.) You will be in my thoughts.

From reading the reflections left for Rodney, he sounds like he was a great man with a beautiful spirit. Those of you who knew him in life were so blessed to have been able to share in it. I hope that you will all continue to find a way to celebrate and remember Rodney's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that Rodney's life was about so much more than the way he died. Rodney will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Officer Holder, thank you for helping to make this world a little safer for us all. YOU will not be forgotten. Please continue to watch over all of us as only you can. If you happen to bump into my late fiancé Dennis up there give him a big hug for me and the kids. It's been seven years and a half years but he's still very much missed and forever loved.

Wishing you brighter and better days,


Jocelyne :)

"Forever Remembering 26-3"

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancée of Deputy Dennis R. McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

October 11, 2010

Thank you for your smile and for always making my day a little brighter. May you rest in peace.

Tracy Gates-Officer
Abilene PD

September 2, 2010

Thank you Motor Man. Your service will not be forgotten. Rest well my brother.

Ret. Senior Motor Officer
Georgia

August 31, 2010

Holder, I always think of you as soon as I enter the Station doors in the morning and hear boots walking down the hallway...I look up expecting that daily "Morning Sunshine! Whatchya know?" greeting and your contagious smile that always seem to pass me as I walked in. I will never forget your eagerness to learn. I look back at all the calls I have received to help with fatalities and never thought that one of the phone calls would be for you. I am truly honored that you considered me part of the Traffic Division and will try to follow the Christian life that you led...you made it look so easy. Thank you for sharing your joy with me and many others and showing us what life is really about. We miss you terribly but know that you accomplished the Call that God set before you and were welcomed Home with open arms. You are missed but certainly not forgotten. Thank you for your service and for being you.

Amie Miller
APD

August 31, 2010

The Dail family of Ocala, Florida sends our deepest condolences to you and sincerest love. We are praying for you and grieving with you. May the LORD carry you and protect and provide for you. Trust Him, rest in Him.

The Dail family, Ocala, FL
in-laws Ofc. Tony Zeppetella eow:6/13/03

July 2, 2010

My Dearest Family and Friends

Somethings I'd like to say but first of all to let you know that I arrived okay.

I'm writing this from Heaven where I dwell with Our Lord above. where there's no more tears or sadness just eternal Love. Please don't be unhappy because I'm out of sight, remember that I'm with you every morning,noon and Night.
The Day I had to leave you when my Life on earth was through God picked me up and hugged me and He said I welcome you.
It's good to have you back again, You were missed while you were gone. As for your Dearest Family they'll be here later on.
I need you here so badly as part of my big plan. Theres so much we have to do to help our Mortal Man.
Then God gave me a list of things that He wished for me to do, and foremost on that list of mine is to watch and care for you.
I'll be beside you everyday and through out the years, And when your sad I'm standing there to wipe away your tears.
When You lie in bed at night the day's chores put to flight God and I are close to you in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on Earth and all the loving years, because your only human they are bound to bring you tears.
Please don't be afraid to cry, it does releive the pain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned, But if I were to tell you You wouldn't understand.One thing is for certain, though my life on Earth is over I'm closer to you now than I ever was before.

To My many Friends, Trust God knows what is best.I'm still not far away from you I'm just beyond the crest.

So, If you can help somebody who is in sorrow or in pain, then you can say to God at night my day was not in vain.
And now I am content that with my life it was worth while,Knowing as I passed along the way I made somebody smile.
If you meet somebody who is down and feeling low just lend a hand and pick him up as on your way you go.
When Your walking down the street and you've got me on your mind just know Im walking in your footstep only a half a step behind.
And if you feel a gentel breeze or wind upon your face thats me just giving you a great big hug or just a soft embrace.
I will always love you from the land way up above We'll be in touch again soon
PS God sends his Love.

Anonymous

May 21, 2010

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