LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Officer Nick Rodman was laid to rest Tuesday afternoon.
WHAS11 checked in on Officer Rodman's beat where he covered the Portland, Russell and Phoenix Hill neighborhoods, including the place Rodman started and ended every shift—the First Division Office. That office has now become a place for residents and officers to remember the 30-year-old husband and father of two.
Bonnie Vincent, lives in Portland and tells us, “I cried for his family and I didn't even know him.”
The support is everywhere in those neighborhoods, from blue ribbons on telephone poles throughout the areas he patrolled, to a makeshift memorial at the crash scene created by neighbors.
The intersection of 26th and Duncan Streets is where Rodman and suspect James Woods collided on Tuesday, March 29. Rodman was responding to a call of shots fired, he died March 30 at University Hospital due to his injuries.
Vincent adds, “These officers go out every day and they leave their wives and their kids to help Portland.”
First Division Officers tell us it is too soon to do an interview about Rodman, but they allowed our cameras into their break room. Officers showed us gift baskets, food and cards from elementary schools and community members who wanted to show their gratitude.
Vincent, who has lived in Portland her entire life states, “Everybody came together when this police officer died, it was so beautiful.”
Also at the First Division Headquarters is a bulletin board that usually holds announcements, but now, it’s a memorial for Officer Rodman.
Vincent says sadly, “I wish I would have met him.”
Supporting Heroes has created a special bracelet for the officer, you can purchase yours by calling 502-585-2282. If you’d like to donate to the Rodman family, The River City FOP Auxiliary has an account set up in Officer Rodman's name at the Louisville Metro Police Officers Credit Union locations.
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