Husband, Father, and Officer Remembered One Year Later

A year after his death in a traffic accident, the family of police officer Rodney Holder is still overwhelmed by the kindness of the Abilene community.

Officer Holder died of injuries he received when the police motorcycle he was riding, slammed into a car which had pulled in front of him. He was pursuing a speeder at the time of the accident.

His wife Annemarie says she and Rodney were sitting in their backyard one Saturday afternoon and hear motorcycles racing by on Sayles Boulevard. He said, "Somebody is going to get hurt." Five days later, Rodney was killed in the line of duty.

Annemarie, son Kyler, and daughter Hillary all say that the support they have received from the police department and other members of the community is beyond anything they could have expected.  The family hopes that Rodney's legacy will be drivers paying more attention to speed. Fast and reckless drivers are a danger not only to themselves and others on the road, but the family and friends of those who may get hurt.

The Holders and Abilene police officers will be in Austin and Washington, D.C., next month as Officer Holder's name is added to state and national memorials to fallen peace officers.

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