It is not how this officer died that makes him a hero, it is how he lived.
Deputy Sheriff Randal Eugene Jennings
Badge No. 80
Butte County Sheriff's Office
On May 21, 1997 Deputy Randy Jennings became the first Butte County Sheriff's Deputy to be murdered in the line of duty.
Deputy Jennings was 38 years old.
Randy was a member of the Special Incident Response Team, served as the Department Range Master and was named Officer of the Year for 1996.
For his action in this final call Deputy Jennings was posthumously awarded The Medal of Valor.
"Butte County 30 is 10-10"
Who was Randy Jennings?
Randy Jennings graduated Oroville High School, 1977, Butte College, AA, 1981, Simpson College, BA, 1984.
Joined Butte County Sheriff's Office, 1988. Randy was a gentleman in the finest sense of the word. A gentleman who happened to wear a badge.
He would ask, "How are you?" and you knew he meant it! He not only expected a response, he would listen to it!
Randy had a consuming passion for motorcycle racing. It was a beloved obsession. The competition, the element of danger, the thrill of the race - there was something there that had Randy enthralled.
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