Police Officer Rodney Wayne Jones
Detroit Police Department, Michigan
End of Watch: Saturday, September 14, 2013
Tour of Duty: 28 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Duty related illness
Date of Incident: September 14, 2013
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Chief of Police James E. Craig
Detroit Police Department
1301 Third Street
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 596-2200
Police Officer Rodney Jones died while representing the Detroit Police Department during a police motorcycle training and skills competition event at the annual Bikes on the Bricks in Flint, Michigan.
He was performing maneuvers on his department motorcycle on the 400 block of South Saginaw Street when he suddenly stopped it and fell to the ground. He was immediately treated by nearby paramedics and transferred to Hurley Medical Center, where he passed away.
Officer Jones had served with the Detroit Police Department for 28 years. He is survived by his wife and son.
FLINT, MI – Anywhere. Anytime. Anything.
Family members and officers gathered to remember Detroit police officer Rodney Wayne Jones Sunday in the flat lot in downtown Flint said the 29-year department veteran always made himself available to anyone who needed a hand.
“He was a great, humble, caring police officer and guy,” said Mone Jones, Rodney’s wife, who attended the tribute alongside son Kalon. “He loved everyone, he was a helper. He would want anyone to call him for help.”
Jones, 49, was taking part in a police motorcycle training seminar Saturday, Sept. 14 during the Bikes on the Bricks event when he stopped his vehicle and fell to the ground.
Genesee County paramedics rushed to the scene and began treatment on Jones before he was taken to Hurley Medical Center where he died from an apparent medical condition.
Officers gathered for Sunday’s events in Flint wore black bands across their badges, in honor of Jones’s passing. Mone said “He loved the guys, his fellow officers,” but Jones served for another purpose as well.
“He loved just trying to make a difference in the community, in law enforcement,” she said. “He believed in doing the right thing.”
Fellow officer George Chester exchanged hugs and words with several officers during a brief ceremony Sunday morning honoring Jones, including pictures and wreath featuring his nickname “Hot Rod” and mourners signing his department motorcycle which Chester called an “extension of Rodney.”
“Rodney was a big brother to everybody he met,” said Chester, who was trained on how to use his motorcycle by Jones a little more than one decade ago. “He was a jokester. If Rodney liked you, he talked about you. Rodney was just a great guy, he was always there for you 24/7. He always had his phone on.”
Detroit Police Chief James Craig said he met Jones on a traffic stop and described the late officer as “someone who struck me that loves the department and the city.” The department is planning a memorial ride for Jones sometime next week in Detroit.
“He will definitely be missed,” said Craig. During their time riding together, with Chester, Rodney and Mone taking a late summer ride last weekend, Chester joked he was scraping the floorboards of the Harley along the roadside.
“He’s truly going to be missed, a great lost to the department. We’re going to carry on his legacy and make sure it’s better,” Chester said. “I know he’s up there in heaven riding a Harley, scraping his floorboards.”