It couldn’t have been more appropriate. Distant church bells playing “Let There be Peace on Earth” as Officer Rodney Thomas’ widow, Roslyn, laid eyes on his unit.
Her children never let her go as crowds thickened outside NOPD’s Second District station to honor their father.
“I’ll be reminded every year,” says Thomas’ brother Reggie Jackson.
Struggling to hold back tears Reggie Jackson remembers his brother.
Officer Thomas was killed Sunday on Reggie’s birthday in a hit & run accident. The Porsche that hit him has been recovered, and three men arrested in what police say was a massive coverup.
Officer Thomas was one of twelve. Reggie Jackson says the group was in breakable.
“I would say that we were bad grass. You couldn’t get rid of us! But I guess you can,” says Jackson.
Thomas spent eight years protecting Uptown. His co-workers still can’t believe the connection he’s made.
“There was two individuals that called personally. Rodney actually arrested them and they called up to express how warm and kind and how helpful Rodney was,” says NOPD’s Second District Commander Paul Noel.
“He was truly the most dedicated, compassionate, man I think I’ve ever met in my life,” says Cecile Tebo former Commander of NOPD’s Crisis Unit.