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Mower with a Mission

On his “Raising Men Lawn Care Service” website, Rodney Smith, Jr. broke the news: 

“On August 14th, I will be embarking on another 50-state mowing tour. This tour is called ‘Mowing with Cops.’ Growing up I always wanted to be a police officer, but God had other plans. Mowing lawns for FREE (Mr. Smith’s emphasis) is my way of serving the public.” 

On August 14th, Rodney began his campaign in Apopka, Florida, where he visited the police station, then mowed the first of two lawns in Florida. The next day, he was in Georgia, visiting Macon and Atlanta, mowing for those in the categories of the elderly, the disabled, single parents and veterans. 

By the 16th, Rodney had made it to Richmond, Virginia, where he caught the attention of the city’s CBS affiliate, WTVR. In an online photo gallery, viewers were treated to a peek at the “special police mower” fashioned for the tour. 

The black-and-white beauty, sporting red and blue flashing lights, is emblazoned with the identification “Lawn Police,” and proudly bears the motto, “To Mow & Serve.” 

At the end of August, the “Mowing with Cops” tour should be in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, with its conclusion on September 3, as Rodney returns home to Madison, where RMLCS is headquartered. 

For more on Rodney Smith and this unique mission, check out the RMLCS website. Donations are welcome!

About the author

Brad Hall

Brad Hall

Brad Hall is a pastor and the author of "Lousy Roger and Other Tales: A collection of Lectionary-based Sermons," available on In 2014, after 27 years of courtship, he married pop culture scholar Deborah Ann Miller. They share a place with two dogs, Scotty and Demitasse, and two cats, Quirkie and Brucie.

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