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

Rodney was cut from the same cloth as his late father, Worth Holder, who was one of my heroes from The Greatest Generation of World War II. Worth could talk for hours about how God spared him so many times as a top turret gunner on a B-47 bomber making numerous raids over Germany. But he preferred to talk about Rodney and Jennifer and how proud he was of them. APD and the City of Abilene went a long time without losing an officer in the line of duty, but the deaths of Jeff McCoy and now Rodney are beyond tragic. My prayers will be with his family.

Roy A. Jones II
Longtime family friend

April 29, 2010

My deepest sympathy to the family of Officer Holder and his fellow officers with the department. My husband is a former police officer and we both share in your loss.

Mary Bears

April 29, 2010

There are not words to express my sorrow for Rodney,his family, and the APD. This is so close to my heart and I will continue to keep them in prayer.
Rodney, I will never forget the support you all gave me when Jeff died, you are amazing and I know that Jeff was there to greet you. You are loved and missed. Thank you for all that you have given. RIP Officer Holder

Sandy McCoy, Widow
Officer Jeff McCoy, Abilene PD

April 29, 2010

To Officer Holder, Thank you for your service to our community. To his family, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He was a good man. Always waved at everyone. A person to look up to! May God be with you all at this time of sorrow. Thank you to all APD for keeping us safe.

Anonymous

April 29, 2010

My thoughts and prayers go out to your friends, family and brother officers in this time of grief!! God bless you brother for paying the ultimate price at doing this job we all seem to enjoy!! RIP brother!!

Patrol deputy
Jackson County SO

April 29, 2010

Rodney was a wonderful father, husband, son, and friend. Mrs. Holder was my 4th grade teacher back in the 90's and spent time at their home for class parties. Rodney was a wonderful police officer and if you had anything to ask him he would give you the best advice he had. I could ask him advice about anything and he would do his best to give me answers. He will be missed very very much. I loved his family like they were my family. I sent Christmas cards every year and sometimes I would get a card back. RIP Rodney we will all be with you when it's our time.

Jodie Bradshaw Gerberg
Friend

April 29, 2010

I am so sorry for Officer Holders familys loss. Me and my family will keep you all in our prayers.

Sue Dello
citizen

April 29, 2010

We offer our most sincere condolences to the family and co-workers of Officer Rodney Holder. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God" Mathew 5:9.

Det. Steve Henry
Big Spring Police Department

April 29, 2010

Rodney was one of the most compassionate and caring officer I have known in a long time. He was always kind even to people he was having to arrest or came in contact with on his job. My prayers go out to his family. This is the toughest time anyone can go thru but to his friends and family always remember "Never put a question mark where God has put a period"

Just A Friend

April 29, 2010

For those of you who did not have the honor of knowing Rodney, we have lost one of our finest. Of course he was a great officer but as a human being he was in that special catagory of people who really made a difference and were of great benefit to our society. A friend of twenty plus years will certainly be missed . Rodney overcame whatever adversity crossed his path and his positive attitude and outstanding human nature will live in the hearts of all who came in contact with him. There are not enough nice things that could be said about him. Whatever outstanding attributes one could define, Rodney had them all. My prayers go out to his wife,kids and family. I have lost a part of myself today but Rodney's positive influence will live within me forever. Bruce Reed

Bruce Reed
friend

April 29, 2010

We would like to send our warmest regards and deepest condolences to the family, friends and department of Officer Rodney Holder. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult and sad time. Rest in Peace, Officer Holder and thank you for your service.

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc
Members and Staff

April 29, 2010

Rodney was always such a sweet and gentle man. We attended high school together. In November 2009, my mom was in an accident on Buffalo Gap Rd. and he was there doing his job and making sure she was ok. I am going to miss him.
May God take hold of his hand and may he also wrap his loving arms around his family to help ease their pain.

Doris Newton Letz
friend from Cooper High School

April 29, 2010

My condolences to the family of Officer Rodney Holder. There are many hidden dangers in law enforcement. Traffic accidents being the biggest one. May God watch over him and his family. He will never be forgotten.

RETIRED DETECTIVE FRANK DEMARCO
NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT

April 29, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Holder, his family and the Abilene PD.

Sergeant Neal Maranto
North Richland Hills PD Motors

April 29, 2010

My heart goes out to this man's family. I was a officer's wife for 20 years and this is the news you hope you never hear. May God bless and keep this family through the days ahead.

Carolyn Sosebee
Citizen

April 29, 2010

Thank you, Officer Holder, for your service to the community. You will be forever missed.

Carl Friesen
Monterey County, California

April 29, 2010

Thank you for your courage and service to your community. It's a loss to the brotherhood. My thoughts and prayers to your family and dept.

VIP
Ventura calif police dept

April 29, 2010

My prayers for the family of this fallen hero.
Blessed are the peace makers for they shall be called the children of God.

Anonymous

April 29, 2010

Rodney drove our bus to our last freshman baseball game at Ft. Worth Paschal. He was a very kind, caring man, and a great father. His son accompanied him on this trip, and you could just sense a special bond, and love between them. We visited about how dangerous it was riding a motorcycle, and he mentioned a time when he was previously hit by a motorist. He was hurt, but not seriously injured. He really felt bad for the driver of the car who was an elderly man, who had been sick and was having a bad day. Then to top it off, the man hits a police officer on his bike. I didn't know Rodney well, but I'm sure this was an indication of the kind of man he was. I am saddened to hear of his passing, and I offer up prayers for his family. God Bless.

Mike Scott
Abilene High Coach

April 29, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Thank you for your service and being one of the brave ones every day!

Casey Davison
Wife of OKC Police Officer

April 29, 2010

Rest in Peace Sir..............

Officer Thomas Wiederhold
Fort Worth Texas Police

April 29, 2010

I knew Rodney from the police academy in 1982. I have had many occasions over the years to speak with him as he rode around Abilene performing his duties ever so professionally. He was truly one of the nicest and most sincere police officers I have ever known. He will be greatly missed and my prayers go out to the family, both immediate and those in blue who worked beside this respected man daily as he protected and served the citizens of Abilene. God Bless.

Butch Chandler, Code Enforcement Officer
City of Abilene

April 29, 2010

Rest in peace....

Patrolman
Pennsylvania

April 29, 2010

May God give the Holder family strength during this time. May God show himself to the Holder family and show them His Peace.

I did not know Rodney as well as others, but I knew he was humble, and hard working. He always had time for a greeting and to help someone.

Officer Samy Sanchez
Denton PD

April 29, 2010

My wife and I would like to send out our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends and co-workers of Officer Rodney Holder.

Officer Ryan Grelle
Denton, Texas Police Department

April 29, 2010

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