LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A powerful and emotional ceremony was held in downtown Louisville Thursday morning to honor the life of an LMPD officer who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Hundreds of LMPD officers, city leaders and citizens stood alongside Officer Nick Rodman's family to pay their respects at the Police Memorial at Jefferson Square Park. 

Rodman was killed in a violent car crash Tuesday, while responding to calls of shots fired and a reported assault. He died Wednesday at University Hospital, and now the Louisville Metro Police Department and the entire community is mourning his loss.

Rodman worked in LMPD's 1st division. He leaves behind his wife Ashley, son Mason, and newborn daughter Elly Jean. 

The mood was quiet and somber as Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and LMPD Chief Steve Conrad expressed their deepest condolences, followed by a tearful tribute from Nick's fellow LMPD officers and family members as they approached the Fallen Officers' memorial where Nick's name will soon be added.


Chief Conrad said Rodman was all about serving his community and making it a safer place, and he died doing just that.

"Nick was with us for three years and three months -- he will be remembered for a lifetime," Conrad said. "Nick, you made a difference. We are a safer community because of your efforts."

Mayor Fischer said Rodman believed police officers could make a difference. 

"He believed in police work, he understood that the most fundamentally critical job in any city or any society is to protect citizens and keep the community safe, so each of us can pursue our dreams," Fischer said. 

If you would like to donate to the Rodman family, the River City FOP Auxiliary has opened an account in Nick's name at the Louisville Metro Police Officer's credit union located at 900 W. Market Street. The phone number is (502) 584-7134.


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