Rodman family, River City FOP warn against Thin Blue Line USA solicitation

Rodman family, River City FOP warn against Thin Blue Line USA solicitation
Officer Nick Rodman (Source: LMPD)
Officer Nick Rodman (Source: LMPD)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A family member of fallen LMPD Officer Nick Rodman is advising people not to purchase items from a company that claims to be raising money in Rodman's name.

On Friday, Carly Jo Rodman made a post on Facebook that included a link to Thin Blue Line USA's website. The page is an advertisement for wristbands that cost $5 each.

A description on the ad claims, "100% of all profits donated to the "The River City FOP Auxiliary, Nick Rodman Fund" to help support the family and honor the memory of Officer Nick Rodman."

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River City FOP President Dave Mutchler released the following statement about the matter:

"Although Thin Blue Line USA may be a legitimate company, RCFOP Lodge 614 has no agreement with that company to solicit donations. We continue to ask that those wishing to make a donation to the Rodman family to please do so through the LMPOCU, The LMPD Foundation, or by any other means specifically endorsed by the Rodman family."

Carly Jo Rodman also asked that any donations in Officer Rodman's name be made to the Louisville Metro Police Officers Credit Union account that will directly benefit the family.

Thin Blue Line USA sent WAVE 3 News the following message:

"We apologize about the confusion that has been caused regarding the fallen officer Nick Rodman Fundraiser. 100% of the profits from the fundraiser are to be donated to the the River City FOP Auxiliary, Nick Rodman Fund. We begin a fundraiser for every officer killed in the line of duty and make it our goal to provide financial support and stability to the families affected. 

We understand Carly Jo Rodman made a post about the legitimacy of the fundraiser that has caused a lot of worry in the community. We were contacted by the FOP Treasurer, Brad Woolridge, on Friday March 31st and notified them of our mission behind the fundraiser.

We are proud supporters of law enforcement and have a detailed history of giving back to communities across the country."

Officer Nick Rodman died on March 29, a day after he was involved in a crash during a police pursuit in the Portland neighborhood.

This story will be updated when the FOP responds to this latest statement.

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