Thursday, October 22, 2015

Saluting Fallen NYPD Officer Randolph Holder: Blue Lives Also Matter

My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place---police, firefighters and our armed forces...Sidney Sheldon

Saluting Fallen NYPD Officer Randolph Holder

End of Watch for NYPD Officer Randolph Holder came on October 20, 2015. That's when Holder and his partner, Obmar Wallace, were on patrol in E. Harlem. They were both responding to a call of shots fired. During the pursuit of the suspect, the suspect pulled out a gun and shot Officer Holder in the forehead. Officer Wallace returned fire and hit the suspect in the rear as he ran away. As the suspect staggered away bleeding, he was later caught by other police officers and arrested. 

Officer Holder was a five year veteran of the NYPD.  He made 125 arrests and earned six medals. Holder's father and grandfather were also a police officers in their native country of Guyana.  Richard Brodie, a neighbor, said Holder was eager to lend a hand to anyone in need.

The suspect had 28 prior arrests. One of the arrests included a shooting that wounded and 11 year old boy and a 77 year-old man.

Blue Lives Also Matter

To date, 101 police officers have been killed in the line of duty. Thirty-one of those by gunfire. The highest number of police fatalities this year took place in January (14), March (16), May (17) and September (15).

Sources: ODMP, NY Post