Community comes together to honor life of fallen LMPD Officer Nick Rodman

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Hundreds of people came together Thursday morning to honor fallen LMPD officer Nick Rodman in an outpouring of support one year after he was killed in the line of duty.

A procession of police and community members gathered at Cave Hill Cemetery to honor Rodman's life. Rodman died March 29, 2017, one day after he was hospitalized following a crash involving a wanted suspect, who was being chased by other LMPD officers. 

Three lanes of cars packed the cemetery with and red lights flashing all the way, sending a message that Rodman's life and legacy will never be forgotten.

"Everything has to go on, because the city continues," Officer Lamont Washington said. "But you’re never forgotten in law enforcement. And you know we’ll always remember you."," Washington said. 

Then a memorial service outside LMPD’s First Division, where Rodman served, Thursday afternoon celebrated Rodman's life. City leaders unveiled three new street signs on North 29th Street in front of the division headquarters. The street between Garfield and Griffiths Avenues is now renamed "Officer Nick Rodman Way."

During the ceremony, LMPD Chief Steve Conrad thanked every officer who helped take care of Rodman and get him to the hospital. He also presented Rodman's family with a plaque honoring his service.

Mayor Greg Fisher also to time to thank the Rodman family.

"This family has served our community as a model of citizenship and dedication to others," Fischer said. "You have continued to inspire us, even in the face of this tragedy."

As a surprise for the family, LMPD unveiled a mural inside the division headquarters. It depicts Rodman in front of the American flag, and with the Louisville skyline in a fleur-de-lis symbol next to him. The artwork was designed and painted by duPond Manual high school student Peyton Harshfield.

Click here to learn more about how Rodman's family is coping with his death a year later.  

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