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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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Gone for no good reason. I know we would be friends to this day. Not a day goes by, that I don't see a car or something that reminds me of you. Muscle cars are back and I see you in that Dodge RT, that you loved so much. Serving was your goal and you made it happen, you were always such a determined young man. I was always so proud of you. May God continue to bless your gentle soul.

Beth Rose Cameron
January 8, 2015


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