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Soccer - Fri, Mar. 31, 2017

Former Tiger will be remembered, honored Saturday

Louisville Metro Police officer Nick Rodman, a 2009 graduate of Georgetown College, died Wednesday, March 29, following a crash during an on-duty pursuit. The accident happened on Tuesday, March 28, at the intersection of North 26th and Duncan Streets in Louisville.

Rodman was married to Ashley (Stigall), also a 2009 graduate, and was a father of two. One child was just born this year. Rodman was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. A fundraiser to benefit the Rodman family is planned at the home spring soccer game noon Saturday at Toyota Stadium. Members of Pi Kappa Alpha will be assisting with the collection of funds, said GC women's soccer coach Leah Crews Castleman.

There was an immediate outpouring of tributes via Facebook and Twitter as former classmates and friends learned of his death. The Georgetown College flag was lowered to half-staff in his honor.

"Nick Rodman was the best of the best," commented Travis T. Burton, a former classmate, fellow Pike, and good friend. "During his time at Georgetown College, he was a beloved member of our fraternity and of the entire campus community. His fun-loving personality and infectious laugh will never be forgotten."

Burton added that Rodman's service as a Louisville Metro Police Officer showed that he valued service and cared tremendously about others.

"He is a hero. As we all try to process this tragedy, our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Ashley, their young children, and their entire family," said Burton.

Rodman was remembered as an "authentic" individual by former professor Jean Kiernan. Dr. Kiernan, associate professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies, described him as a much-loved student with an infectious smile and warm personality who truly cared about service to others. "He would give anything to help others," said Kiernan. "It was part of his personality. Helping people, wanting to serve, and trying to find an occupation that fit into his passion. And he found it."

Castleman remembers Rodman as a "great husband, father, and community servant." Rodman's wife, Ashley, was an integral part of Georgetown's women's soccer program and was a senior captain in 2008. "On behalf of the GC women's soccer team, I would like to express my deepest condolences to Ashley Rodman and her family," said Castleman.

The Louisville Metro Police Department held a public memorial service at Jefferson Square on Thursday morning. Rodman's name will be engraved on an existing monument at that location honoring fallen officers.

According to Louisville television station WAVE3, multiple calls were made Tuesday night about a domestic dispute that led to shots being fired near the intersection of 26th and Madison streets in Louisville. A women called and said she had been assaulted by the father of her child. Officers attempted to pull the suspect over, but Louisville Metro Police Chief Conrad said that the suspect refused to pull over and led officers on a high-speed pursuit.

Rodman joined the pursuit and WAVE said he had his lights and siren on and tried to make a left turn from Duncan onto 26th hen the suspect struck his cruiser, causing the vehicle to catch fire. WAVE reported that another officer pulled Rodman from the vehicle and drove him to the hospital.

Rodman died at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

 
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