Police Officer Randal Simmons died four years ago. Simmons was the first LAPD SWAT officer killed in the line of duty. He responded to a call of a disturbed San Fernando Valley man who had barricaded himself in his home. Edwin Rivera already killed his father and two brothers. He then killed Randy Simmons and seriously wounded another officer. Rivera was himself killed by another LAPD SWAT member.
Simmons was 51 years old, a father and a husband as well as a minister. He worked with Special Olympics and helped underprivileged children. His loss was devastating for his entire family, his actual kin as well as his family in blue. Simmons was a 27 -year veteran of the department. The loss of his expertise, experience, and professionalism to LAPD is incalculable.
His widow has recently published a book, 41-D: Man of Valor, celebrating Simmons’ life. The term 41-D was Simmons’ radio call sign. It took Mrs. Simmons two years after her husband’s death before she could begin the book. However, she states that writing it, starting at 5 a.m. each morning, was healing and helped bring closure.
Mrs. Simmons’ moving account of her husband, Randy’s, life and contribution is a must read for LEO’s and those who love them.
Interested LET readers can learn more about the book at this Amazon link:
A foundation has been established in Officer Simmons’ name, to carry on the charity work which he began during his life. Interested LET readers can make donations as follows:
The Randal D. Simmons Outreach Foundation
21213-B Hawthorne Blvd. #5422
Torrance, CA 90503
SWAT Officer Randal Simmons; rest in peace; centurion, brother, son, husband, father; you are LA’s finest.
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Richmond Police Department SWAT, VA.