Tuesday, February 19, 2008

LAPD SWAT Officer Memorial

Los Angeles Police Officer Randy Simmons who was killed last week in a SWAT operation (pictured above)

Me at Camp Pendleton’s Marine Corps’ Special Operations Training Group ‘shoot-house’ where LAPD Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team trains (pictured above)

When a police friend of mine sent me a note saying that it was Officer Randal Simmons that died, I got a little choked up. I remember a few names and several faces of the good men I met with LAPD SWAT when I attended their Advanced SWAT School several years ago with other members of the tactical law enforcement community. Randy’s name and face, I remember.

He was shot and killed last week by a barricaded gunman. He led a wonderful life and he will be missed.

Click here to see news video of his 15-year-old son speaking about his dad at the memorial services, as well as other commentary on the good life of Randy Simmons. http://video.knbc.com/player/?id=218888

NOTE: Trust funds have been established for LAPD SWAT Officers Randal Simmons through the Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union (LAPFC). To make a donation, please go to: http://www.lapfcu.org/and click on the red square titled "LAPFCU Community Corner." Donations may also be received by mail:

LAPFCU Blue Ribbon Trust Fund/Officer Randal Simmons
Acct. 2030077-product code S4.12 16150
Sherman Way
Van Nuys, CA 91410
(877) 695-2732

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