He described Randy as an individual who did not want “glory” or to be “fussed over”. He said Randy was not the type who dwelled on sorrow. “It’s like, ‘Get yourself up, brush yourself off and get on with life. You’ve got a life to live, so live it.’”
The Lancaster Police Department did some folding of their own to conclude the funeral. The flag that lay on Randy’s casket throughout the service was folded according to protocol, and then Chief Bailey presented it to the deceased officer’s family.
The Logan Police Chief said he was not surprised that so many people in the law enforcement community felt compelled to pay their respects.
He said Randy was equally as highly thought of with the Logan Police Department, as he was with the Lancaster Department. He described Randy as having a wonderful community spirit, and touching everyone.
According to Randy’s obituary, he was born in Columbus, Ohio, and survived by one daughter, and three brothers. Before spending a quarter of a Century at the Lancaster Police Department, he had served with the Nelsonville Police Department and Logan Police Department.
An adjunct faculty member at Hocking College teaching Law Science, Randy had formerly worked for the Ohio Department of Natural Recourses in the Oil and Reclamation Department.
A Logan High School graduate from the class of 1977, Randy was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, honored as Officer of the Year in 1999 and 2002.
Another achievement arrived in 2002, when he received the Ohio House of Representatives Brett Markwood Award. A true American, Randy had served in the United States Marine Reserves and the Ohio National Guard.
For those wanting to contribute to his memory, the family suggested contributions be made to Special Friends of Hocking County, a non-profit after school program for children. Many attending Randy’s service remembered him as the ideal neighborhood cop.
When a dear friend of Stephanie’s, a student and member of The Human Services Student Association or (HSSA) located in Lancaster, Ohio, learned of Stephanie’s murder, she said she dedicated the upcoming event “walk in their shoes,” to raise awareness of domestic violence.
According to The HSSA website, it was an organization geared to promoting professional and ethical development of its members, and to recognize high achievement in the pursuit of academic excellence.
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