Family of Slain SWAT Officer to Hold Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, February 5, 2009 @ 10:02 PM Author:

Proceeds will go to the Randal D. Simmons Outreach Foundation.

February 7, 2009, marks the one year anniversary of LAPD SWAT Officer Randy Simmons death.  The Family of Officer Randal “Randy” Simmons is inviting the Los Angeles Community in celebrating his life and legacy at the Family’s Restaurant New Orleans Vieux Carre located at 4317 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca.  90008 (Leimert Park Area).  Part of the proceeds for that day will be donated to The Randal D. Simmons Outreach Foundation created by his family and friends to continue supporting children in the inner city.

Randal D. Simmons became the first LAPD SWAT Police officer to be tragically killed in the line of duty.  He was only 51 years old.  His death shocked the city of Los Angeles.  H e was known as one of the best of the best because of his experience, tactical knowledge, his healthy and strong stature, but most of all because of his dedication and commitment to public service.  His life of service and good works spoke volumes to the world.

Over 10,000 people attended his memorial service.  Police officers from as far away as London and Canada traveled to Los Angeles to pay homage to their fellow comrade whom they revered. His funeral procession became a parade of sorts as the streets of Los Angeles were lined for miles with pedestrians and children, business owners and every uniformed city employee imaginable waved, saluted and held signs and banners thanking Randy as his led him to his final resting place.  His life had a profound impact on our community and was deeply loved by those in need. 

Randy was  a devoted husband and father, a dedicated police officer, a committed servant of the community, a minister, a mentor, a loyal friend and a faithful man of God.  He worked tirelessly to help improve the lives of others. He spent countless hours interacting with inner-city children and building trust and long-lasting relationships with their families.  The children often referred to him as their “godfather” or “uncle”.  Randy believed that if enough people volunteered just a little of their time to help the less fortunate and disadvantaged, we could stop the cycle of violence and poverty that plagues them and change their behavior, attitudes and outlook on life. His life will forever be a testament of that love, hope, commitment and faith.

Randy is no longer with us, but he will be remembered for many years to come because of the impact he had in our communities and the legacy he has left behind. In an effort to continue to fulfill Randy’s passion and dream of a better tomorrow for children throughout the world, The Randal D. Simmons Outreach Foundation has committed to continue to build on his legacy.  The primary goals of the foundation are to empower the community by providing support in the areas of Economic Development, Education, Health and Wellness and Global Outreach.

LAST UPDATE: 02-05-2009 00:01 written by Sentinel News service

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