Community Holds Fundraisers For Slain SWAT Officer

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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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