“Most people know what happened around noon on April 29, 2010. Many people knew my dad’s role as a police officer in our community, as a friend or neighbor. But, what you may not know is what my dad was like as a father and husband. As you can imagine, he was the same person in private that you saw in public, but he was also my best friend. He was a happy man, and he loved to laugh. Those of you that knew him well remember that when he started laughing, it was hard not to laugh as well. He had an incredible sense of humor, and it came through in his stories about the different things he experienced throughout the day. He also taught me to value honesty and integrity. He loved his community, and took great pride in serving it.”
— Kyler Holder
After Rodney’s untimely death, it was important to the family to make good things come from this tragedy. They wanted to continue to give back to the community in his name, so they established the Rodney Holder Memorial Scholarship through CFA. “This allows us to provide scholarships for children of local first responders based on their own community service. We wanted to encourage the next generation to continue giving back to their community, just as their parents have been doing for many years. We feel Rodney would be proud to know that we are able to continue his service in this way,” says Annemarie Holder.
Currently, the Rodney Holder Memorial Scholarship is assisting 10 students attend college. Each of these students is a child of a local first responder. Many of which have served side by side with Rodney prior to his death. The Holder family is proud of each and every student that has been chosen by the Foundation’s scholarship committee to receive this scholarship. This past year, Brianna Bond, daughter of fellow first responder Barry Bond, received the Rodney Holder Memorial Scholarship. She currently attends Tarleton State University, majoring in education.
“Receiving this meant so much to me. It is absolutely wonderful that there are people who care about my education and are willing to help me accomplish my dreams. I am so pleased that I was chosen to be given this scholarship in honor of such an amazing person.”
— Brianna Bond, daughter of fellow first responder Barry Bond