“He ran toward danger. It was the last time he will respond to that call.”
– William J. Bratton, NYPD Commissioner
Officer Holder was a third-generation police officer whose father and grandfather had both served on the police force in Guyana. His father, also named Randolph, hurried to the hospital last night, where he privately addressed dozens of officers who had gathered in solidarity and grief. Several city officials, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, were also there, keeping vigil.
“We honor the memory of Officer Holder,” Mr. de Blasio said, “a man who, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, gave the last full measure of his devotion on behalf of the city he loved.”
President, Portland Police Association