Inspector James Olen Randolph, Jr.

Inspector James Olen Randolph, Jr.

Inyo County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, August 15, 1979

James Olen Randolph, Jr.

Inspector Randolph was killed when the plane he was piloting on a search and rescue mission crashed into a ridge near Mildred Lake. A civilian rescue team member riding in the plane was also killed.

Inspector Randolph had served with the agency for 15 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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Hello Daddy,
I have been thinking about you today. I think about you every day. You have been gone from this earth for many years now. I am extremely proud that you are my dad. I wish that you could meet all of your grand children. You have five of them. Kyle is the oldest. Then there is Casey, Jessica, Justin and Ipuni. I wish that they could have known you. I tell them about you. Kyle and Casey would have loved hanging out with you. All of my children would have totally loved being around you. You will always be my super hero. I learned a lot from you. You gave me the ability to jump in and handle situations that would make most people turn and run away. I learned by watching you, how to remain calm and not to panic. I have been able to help people injured in automobile accidents where the accident scene was something out of a night mare. I was even named a "highway angle" because of an accident I helped out on. I am in the beginning of gaining knowledge by becoming a college student. I am taking Administration of Justice. I have a ten year goal to get my masters in the Administration of Justice. I would have done this along time ago, but I got lost in life for a while with your passing. I am on track now. I want to make you proud. I love you so, so much. I keep your memory alive by talking about you daily.
Dad, thank you for being such an amazing person. Thank you for teaching me everything that you did. You might be gone but you will never be forgotten. Your love for your family, friends, your job, and the Owens Valley is something I hold next to my heart. I am forever grateful that you are my dad.
I love you dad. See you one day in heaven daddy,
Love you always. Your baby,

Michelle Lynne Randolph
Daughter of James Olen Randolph

February 25, 2015

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