Sep. 10, 1951 Fort Worth Tarrant County Texas, USA
Sep. 8, 2013
Police Lt. Norton Rodney Cunningham passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. He was 61 years old. Funeral: 10 a.m. Thursday at College Hill Church of Christ in North Richland Hills. Interment will immediately follow in Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park, Colleyville. Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home. Lt. Rodney Cunningham was born on Sept. 10, 1951, in Fort Worth. He was a 39-year veteran of Colleyville Police Department, a member of the Peace Officers Association, and a ham radio operator as W5NRC. Rodney began his career with the Keller PD then moved to Colleyville in 1975. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1978 and promoted again to lieutenant in 1986. Lt. Cunningham's duties included supervision of the Patrol Division and then he moved to operations where he oversaw the department's radio and computer systems. He also served as interim chief while the department searched for a new one. Rodney was very active in the Boy Scouts of America, Amateur Radio Operator, and did volunteer work with the Tarrant County/Fort Worth Office of Emergency Management. He received numerous awards and acknowledgements for his work in the police department and ham radio. Survivors: Wife of 41 years, Carolyn Cunningham; daughter, Staci Lyn Franks and husband, Jeff; son, Henry Allen Cunningham; grandchildren, Cheyann, Colton, Skylar and Bailey; and many other dear family and friends. Published in Star-Telegram on September 10, 2013
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Longest-serving Colleyville police officer dies
by Dustin L. Dangli (firstname.lastname@example.org) Long-time Colleyville Police Lt. Rodney Cunningham died unexpectedly of natural causes on Sept. 8. Cunningham, 61, joined the Colleyville Police Department in October 1975. He was the city's longest-serving employee, serving the department for 37 of its 40 years. "I always told Rodney that he was... really the informal leader of the department just because the tenure he had and the institutional knowledge he had," said Michael Holder, Colleyville's police chief. Holder said Cunningham was one of the first patrol officers ever hired by the city. In April 1978, Cunningham was promoted to sergeant. He became a lieutenant in October 1986. His final responsibility was overseeing the Services Division, which includes the Criminal Investigations Unit, personnel and training. "He knew why everything was done the way it was done because he was there when it was established," Holder said. Cunningham worked for seven of the nine police chiefs, and served as interim police chief on three separate occasions. He received several department awards and became certified at the highest level of proficiency for law enforcement as a Master Peace Officer in 1995. Cunningham was born on Sept. 10, 1951 in Fort Worth. He was a member of the Peace Officers Association, involved with the Boy Scouts of America, volunteered with the Tarrant County/Fort Worth Office of Emergency Management and was an amateur radio operator. "His is a great loss for the city of Colleyville and for the Colleyville community," the city said in a news release. He is survived by Carolyn Cunningham, his wife of 41 years, daughter Staci Lyn Franks and her husband Jeff; son, Henry Allen Cunningham, and grandchildren Cheyann, Colton, Skylar, and Bailey. A funeral was held last week. This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives. Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770 - published in the Star-Telegram's Colleyville Courier, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.