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Hundreds turn out to bid farewell to officer Rodney Thomas

New Orleans, La. - Hundreds packed a Gentilly church to bid farewell to officer Rodney Thomas who died tragically earlier this week after being struck by a hit and run driver on Interstate 10.

Law enforcement from around the region and every day citizens showed up to pay their last respects to officer Thomas.

He's remembered a cop who was eager to help others and Chief Serpas says those responsible will be held accountable.

"He had a reputation of having a smile everyday, saying a prayer before every meal, helping every officer no matter what the need was. Just yesterday we got a letter from someone that he helped on Saturday; the last day that he worked," said Chief Serpas. "Our thoughts and our prayers go out to him and his family and to all of the men and women on the fire department and the police department who everyday wake up and wonder whether or not you know they're going to come home."

"I actually have met him several times and from what I understand he has a stellar reputation in the community. He was a cop's cop, he understood what it was about, he delivered good, aggressive, clean law enforcement," said Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand.

Three people, including the alleged driver of the vehicle have been arrested.

Chief Serpas says they want to talk to two other persons of interest.

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