Class of 1988
In October of 2002, Rod became a father to a boy, Carson Lawrence
Rod's career took off with numerous promotions. In 2003, he was promoted to Special Operations.
It was the morning of June 23, 2003 when a six-time convicted felon robbed an IHOP and sped down a highway. Rodney was sitting on a road, around 3:20 a.m., watching for speeders. He could have left his shift early to go back to the station and do his paperwork, but he didn't. This robber sped by Rodney. Rodney pulled him over. He didn't know the guy had just robbed a restaurant. This felon was out on an appeal for assaulting another VA Beach officer and then didn't show up for his hearing. A warrant was out for his arrest. This felon came out and shot Rodney. Rodney was wearing a vest but the gunshot went under his arm into his lungs. We don't know how but the adrenaline managed to keep Rodney standing to shoot back to injure and kill the felon. Rodney died instantly after he shot the felon.
Rodney left behind a widow and an 8 month son at the time. He left behind a mom and two older sisters.
We came to find that this felon was also wanted for his part in a robbery/murder at a gas station.
Rodney lost his life but took a bad criminal off the streets.
Rodney belongs on your wall of fame. His sisters carry on Rodney's work of helping the community. They formed Fallen Officers Remembered in memory of him.
Please always honor your law enforcement and thank them for putting their life on the line, everyday.
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