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In Memory of our Brother

   
Photos of Sgt. Rod Dyer
Sgt. Rod Dyer 1968-2004

Sgt. Rod Dyer was killed October 31, 2004 in a one-vehicle accident while on his way home after completing the 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift in the Department of Public Safety's patrol division. Sgt. Dyer was a seven-year veteran of the department and was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2003. Among his achievements, he was named the department's Officer of the Year in 2002 and was awarded the Combat Cross and Good Conduct commendations.
 


   
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
   (Nov. 1, 2004) A Maumelle police officer was killed Sunday morning when he drove his car off Arkansas 107 in Sherwood and struck a utility pole, police said.
   Sgt. Rod Dyer had just completed a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift and was headed to his home in Sherwood in his car when the accident happened, Maumelle Police Chief Sam Williams said.
   Dyer appeared to have lost control of his car at about 7:30 a.m. on a curve just north of North Hills Boulevard, Sherwood police Lt. Dan Kerr said. The car ran off the left side of the road and struck a pole, Kerr said.
   Police were investigating what caused Dyer to lose control, Kerr said.
   Dyer, a 36-year-old patrol supervisor, had been with the police department since 1997.
   Williams said he and other representatives from the department spent Sunday with Dyer's family to offer support.
   "They're going to miss him real bad," Williams said. "We all are. Rod was one of those kind of people."
   

   
Obituary
   Sgt. Roderick Dyer, age 36, of Sherwood departed this life on October 31, 2004. He was born April 9, 1968, in Little Rock, Ark. He professed a hope in Christ at an early age. He married Angella Jordan on February 15, 2003.
   Sgt. Dyer was an officer of the Maumelle Department of Public Safety. He served in this capacity for seven years. Among his accomplishments with the department, he was awarded "Officer of the Year" for 2002. He was promoted to sergeant in 2003. He also was an escort with the U.S. Marshal Service.
   He served his country as a member of the National Guard and the United States Marine Corps. Among his many accomplishments he received the Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Commendation and also Meritous Unit Commendation Medals.
   He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Angella Jordan Dyer; his parents, Edna and Andrew Davis of Jacksonville; mother-in-law, Ada Ruth Courtney of Tangipahoa, La.; grandparents, Louis and Rena Davis of New Orleans, La.; a sister, Nakia Woods; plus a host of aunts, uncles, five sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and many friends.
   Funeral services were 10 a.m. Nov. 5, 2004 at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, 1017 Ray Road in Jacksonville. Burial with full honors followed in the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, 1501 West Maryland Ave. in North Little Rock.

Services Remembering Sgt. Dyer

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Our Thanks
   The members of the Maumelle Department of Public Safety Fire Division wish to express our sincere thanks to those who assisted our department following the tragic death of our brother, Sgt. Rod Dyer.
   Among the many, we would especially like to thank Dotti Hill, Terri Hopkins and the staff of the Cantrell Road Hancock Fabrics for their contributions in constructing the bunting for our engine & station. We would also like to thank North Little Rock Engine Company 4 for providing coverage for our city during Sgt. Dyer's funeral as well as the Sherwood and Sylvan Hills Fire Departments for their moving tributes along the funeral procession route.
   Sgt. Dyer was a true professional. He excelled in all areas of his job -- as a police officer, as a firefighter and as an emergency medical technician. His death creates a large void in our department that will be impossible to fill. Thank you to those that have assisted our department. Your help has allowed us to mourn the loss of a very special person.
  
  

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