NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel (right) presents the family of Officer Rodney Thomas with a silver pendant at a fundraiser at Tipitina’s on Thursday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)
The impact of the life and untimely death of New Orleans Police Officer Rodney Thomas was on full display yet again Thursday evening, as hundreds of police officers and community members touched by his memory gathered for a fundraiser in his honor at Tipitina’s.
“The Second District has always been a big family, and Rodney will always be a part of that family,” said NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel.
A portrait of Officer Rodney Thomas greeted fundraiser attendees at the entrance Tipitina’s on Thursday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)
Kathy Savoie and the Wiseguys perform at the Rodney Thomas benefit at Tipitina’s. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)
Alfred, a member of the 610 Stompers, sings on stage with Terri Lynn of the Wiseguys. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)
The 610 Stompers perform on the Tipitina’s stage and in the crowd at the Rodney Thomas benefit. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)
The silver pendant presented to Thomas’ family is the NOPD star and crescent badge, engraved with Thomas’ name and badge number, adorned with a pair of angel wings. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)
The pendant given to Thomas’ family was crafted and donated by San Antonio company Alamo City Gold as part of their national Officer Down memorial, said NOPD Officer Hilal Williams, a departmental spokeswoman.
“The owner, David Putnam, does this out of the goodness of his own heart,” Williams said. “He makes one for every law enforcement officer and fireman in the United States who is killed in the line of duty.”