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LAPD Centurions #17 Randy Simmons

Sunday, March 9, 2008 @ 10:03 AM Author:
LAPD Centurions Retire #17 Randy Simmons Jersey – Click to view video The LAPD Centurion Football Team Dedicates the 2008 Season, Our 30th Year of “playing football for kids”,to Fallen Alumni Officer III+I Randal Simmons:

As the LAPD Centurions prepare for their 30 th season of playing football for kids they morn the recent death of Centurion Alumni, Police Officer III+I Randal Simmons. Officer Simmons played for the Centurions for over 10 years in the 1980s and early 1990s. The Centurions are dedicating the 2008 season to Officer Simmons. The team will be wearing his number, “17”, on their helmets and striving to win the Championship title in his name.

San Pedro’s Albertsons – Flipping for Randal

Sunday, February 24, 2008 @ 06:02 PM Author:
Flipping for Randal By Sandy Mazza and Larry Altman, Staff Writers Article Launched: 02/18/2008 11:32:40 PM PST san pedro albertsons san pedro albertsons2 Brad Graverson/Staff Photographer Daily Breeze) He was a familiar face, a regular customer who could often be seen roaming the aisles filling his basket with groceries. So when workers of an Albertsons store in San Pedro heard that LAPD Officer Randal Simmons had been gunned down, they wanted to do something to help. On Monday, they finished a two-day barbecue to raise money for his family. “He’s just a great guy,” said checker Mary Nichols, as she slung burgers and sausage links under a picture of Simmons outside the store on Western Avenue. “I work nights so I saw him every night. I would say `Hi’ to him like any other customer.” Like the other volunteers, Nichols wore a shirt emblazoned with Simmons’ picture on it. Hundreds of people – including many officers and deputies – bought food at $3 to $5 per plate at the Sunday and Monday afternoon barbecues. Food was donated by the store and some of its vendors, said store manager Chrisenda Dalangin. “My associates came in on their day off, they donated their time,” Dalangin said. “He was our neighbor, our customer for 13 to 14 years. It’s so tragic, but he was so important to the community.” She said the store had not counted the proceeds by Monday afternoon. Last Thursday, a Burger King restaurant in downtown Los Angeles offered to donate the day’s proceeds to the Simmons family. So many officers showed up that the line snaked outside the restaurant. The store raised about $100,000 that day. Simmons, 51, lived with his wife, Lisa, and two children in the Eastview section of Rancho Palos Verdes. Simmons, who was buried Friday at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, was killed Feb. 7 in a gunbattle in the San Fernando Valley. The gunman, who killed three members of his family, opened fire on the SWAT team, killing Simmons and seriously wounding his partner, Officer James Veenstra. Simmons spent his weekends mentoring youths and spreading the word of God with his ministry through Glory Christian Fellowship Church in Carson. He also coached teens in the El Segundo Youth Football League while his son was enrolled in the program. Dalangin said they had not yet contacted the Simmons family, but simply wanted to do what they could to help. The fundraiser attracted law enforcement officers and residents alike. Kay Schumacher of San Pedro bought a hamburger on Monday. “It’s a wonderful thing they’re doing. I watched (Simmons’) funeral on TV and cried,” Schumacher said. “It doesn’t really matter whether you know the person or not, it’s sad when something like this happens.” Inglewood police Sgt. Diane Robinson flipped burgers and sausages at the cookout. She said she works night shifts, as Simmons did, and she also stops at the San Pedro grocery store on the way home. “We’re doing this out of respect more than anything,” Robinson said. “We want to give back to the family because he gave so much to the community.”

Community Holds Fundraisers For Slain SWAT Officer

Sunday, February 24, 2008 @ 04:02 PM Author:
Community Holds Fundraisers For Slain SWAT Officer Thomas Watkins Associated Press February 23, 2008, 11:04 AM PST A barbecue benefiting the family of slain Los Angeles Police Department Officer Randy Simmons will be held today from 11 a.m. through 4 p.m. at El Sereno Park, 4721 Klamath St. Simmons, 51, was shot and killed Feb. 7 in a gun battle with a man who killed his father and two brothers inside a Winnetka home before killing himself. More than 10,000 people attended his funeral Feb. 15, the most for an LAPD funeral. When the new SWAT headquarters opens later this year, it should be named for Simmons, the first SWAT officer to die in the line of duty, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said yesterday. In a letter to the Police Commission, Villaraigosa said “it would be a fitting tribute to the life of Officer Simmons to rename the new home of the Metropolitan Division and SWAT team after this remarkable SWAT team officer and dedicated member of the community.” The Metropolitan Division and SWAT are expected to move into the old Rampart Division station at 2710 W. Temple St. within the next six months. Copyright © 2008, The Associated Press

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