Officer Randal D. Simmons, a 27-year veteran of the LAPD, was shot during a standoff that injured another officer and claimed the lives of five civilians on 07FEB08. Officer Simmons was the first SWAT officer to die in the line of duty. Officer Simmons committed much of his time to helping and comforting people in urban neighborhoods including Watts, Hacienda Village, Compton and Carson. He was an ordained minister at Glory Christian Fellowship International in Carson, California. He was instrumental in developing programs and Christian events for at-risk youth such as the annual “Greatest Toy Giveaway” which provided toys and gifts to over 1,000 children during the holiday season.
Simmons was honored with a Medal of Valor, which is awarded to officers who knowingly and willingly place themselves in harm’s way whether they are on duty or not.
“Randy Simmons is an example of an officer who died doing what he loved, died doing what he believed was important, but nonetheless was a casualty of our profession,” said Police Chief Charlie Beck. “Randy distinguished himself with gallantry to save the lives of strangers at the risk of his own life.”
He is survived by his wife Lisa, son Matthew and daughter Gabrielle.
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