Rockaway street named after slain cop
by Patrick Kearns
Aug 08, 2017 | 1117 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As a cop, late Detective Randolph Holder, Jr. was a hero. As a man, he was exemplary of the American dream.

On Friday, the intersection of Briar Place and Collier Avenue in Far Rockaway was co-named in honor of Holder, a memorial that his family hopes will inspire future generations of Rockaway residents.

“My son was a disciplined man and officer,” Randolph Holder, Sr. said. “He died doing what he did best. When everyone was asleep, my son was out there.

“That sign up there means a lot,” he added. “Any time anyone drives, walks or rides and looks up, they will see a very good name from a good person.”

Originally a native of Guyana, Holder came to the United States to carry on a family legacy of policing. His grandfather and great uncle were both police officers.

Holder, 33 at the time of his death, was killed in October 2015 in East Harlem after a man, later identified as Tyrone Howard, was fleeing an alleged shootout at East 102nd Street and FDR Drive.

During the pursuit, Howard drew a gun and killed Holder. He was convicted on murder, robbery and weapons charges and sentenced to life in prison without parole earlier this year.

At the co-naming ceremony, Mayor Bill de Blasio called Holder an example of goodness and integrity.

“He was taken from us cruelly,” de Blasio said. “And for so many of us, we didn’t get a chance to know him personally, but we learned that he was extraordinary. He was deeply proud to be a member of the NYPD.”

Councilman Donovan Richards said Holder’s legacy and sacrifice will be remembered by the Rockaway community forever.

“And while we know that dedicating a street in his honor is worthy, we also recognize that it will never replace his humble demeanor,” the councilman said.
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