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Patrol Officer Randall A. Blank | Rockford Police Department, Illinois Rockford Police Department, Illinois

Patrol Officer

Randall A. Blank

Rockford Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 31, 1980

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 2 years, 4 months

Badge # 236

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Died in prison

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Officer Randall Blank was shot and killed during a foot chase.

Officer Blank had responded to a local bar for a report of a purse snatching. When he arrived he engaged the suspect in a foot pursuit which resulted in a struggle. During the struggle the suspect was able to gain control of Officer Blank's service weapon and shot him in the head. The suspect was apprehended a short time later by responding units.

Officer Blank had served with the Rockford Police Department for 10 months and had previously served with the Freeport Police Department for 1½ years.

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I will never forget getting a phone call in the middle of the night from Paul Triolo telling me Randy had been shot....i then tried to sleep and had dreams of being outside Swedish American Hospital and seeing Randy in the window waving to me with his head bandaged. Woke up to learn he had died. My last memory of him was him stopping in his little sports car while I was walking the beat patrol at Mulberry and Main and we talked for a while and he drove off....about two weeks before he died. One of my greatest honors is being a pall bearer at his funeral on that cold January day and our dear friend and fellow officer Russ Nelson suffering from pneumonia also carrying Randy to his resting place. Something I will never, nor want to ever, forget.

Tim Ferguson
fellow officer Rockford PD
December 30, 2015


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