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Deputy Sheriff Randal Eugene Jennings

Butte County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Wednesday, May 21, 1997

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Randal Eugene Jennings

I still remember Randy to this day even though our encounter was short. He was one of my instructors at the Butte College Law Enforcement Academy. He was always friendly and kind to all of the recruits. I have never forgotten his sacrifice.

Dan Thomassian
Veterans Affairs Police Department

December 25, 2022

I met Randy in SWAT training in Sacramento. He was super friendly and we spent a lot of our down time together.
I was thinking about him today and wanted to post. I have prayed for his family often.

Corporal (ret.) Robert Moore
Fairfield (CA) PD

August 11, 2022

It's now been 25 years since you were taken. It seems like yesterday. You did so many good things in our community and are loved and missed by so many, but none more than me.

Terry Jennings

May 22, 2022

Deputy Sheriff Jennings,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens Butte County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

May 21, 2022

Deputy Sheriff Jennings,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Butte County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

May 21, 2022

Randy was a great man and I miss him still. He took my badge and spot on the department in 1990 when I transferred to a another department

Daniel C. Black/Retired Police Officer
Butte Co. Sheriff/Livermore PD

November 7, 2021

Randy was one of my defensive tactics instructors in 1996, shortly before his death. I've attend academies for the city and for the state. Of all my instructors in both academies, I recall Randy as the instructor who was most caring, non intimidating, positive and encouraging. I was very fond of Randy. I cant claim to have known him very well, but for me he exemplified all the attributes of what makes a great LEO.

Rest in peace Randy. I still think you 25 years later.

Police Dept/State Natural Resource LEO- Retired

September 6, 2021

Gone but never forgotten brother!

Ken Phillips
Butte County Sheriffs Office (former)

May 21, 2020

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Jennings.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 23, 2020


I miss you friend. You were such a class act. A mans, man yet kind and patient. You were an example for all. Your humble and pleasant demeanor is unforgettable.

Gary Keeler

July 28, 2019

I only had a short time to know Deputy Jennings. I attended Butte College Law Enforcement Academy and I distinctly remember him helping me on the shooting range. Deputy Jennings went out of his way to help me in my law enforcement career. After 20 years in law enforcement , it is great people like Deputy Jennings that kept me alive by helping me perfect my law enforcement skills. Even though it was a short moment in my life, I always think about Deputy Jennings and I am so grateful for the time he gave to us at Butte College Law Enforcement Academy. You will never be forgotten!

Officer Dan Thomassian
Veteran Affairs Police Department

July 31, 2018


You are never far from our thoughts. Always honored. Always remembered.

Stu and Beth Beatty
BCSO - 38

June 15, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

May 21, 2018

I didn’t know randy personally, but I was on duty the night he was killed working in a neighboring jurisdiction. This was a time where police shootings and even officer deaths were a rarity in our community. I remember how it effected me being a rookie cop just 23 years old at the time. Since then I got to know his wife after I lost mine in a motorcycle accident. Know I’m 45 with 24 years of service so far and just know brother you are never forgotten and your wife carries on with a heavy heart but still carries on non the less living her life to the fullest. I’m sorry I never got to meet you but every year the Sheriff’s office has a ceremony in your honor along with our other butte county brothers who paid the ultimate.

Jeff Wiles District attorney investigato
Butte co. D.A. Former Gridley P. D.

May 21, 2018

We went to high school together you and your brother allen and i .I was thinking of you today so i thought id say hello .Did you know ,Allen is a sheriff now.Of course u did u knew before all of us even him im glad you are watching over him and all of us and i thank you for that,its not the same world with out u in it.Take care of my dad he just came to join you show him the ropes .Some people talk bla bla they are to in love with themselves to give of themselves.But you my brother were a doer and do it you did .You were called to duty to aid another and you gave it all ,you Randy are a true gardian angel.I love you my brother till we meet again. Pete

Pete Mathis classified
Classmate Friend

May 10, 2018

Randy and I were classmates at Simpson College San Francisco. He was a good friend and inspiration, put himself through college working for upd.

He reached out to me a couple years later and asked me to be his trapshooting coach! We had so much fun.

Later after he gave his life to save a family I became the alumni president of Simpson and we started a scholarship fund in his name.

We are trying to finish the funding so let us know if you would like to contribute!

doug patterson
Shooting coach and alum

May 26, 2017

I will never forget what a nice man Randy was - and what a hero

Lisa Johnston
Former BCSO Dispatcher

May 23, 2017

Randy was a great friend, a good person and a hero. I miss him.

Public Safety Dispatcher Trina Wehle
Butte County Sheriffs Office

May 21, 2017

Mr an mrs jennings are the sole reason for my life takeing a different path I thank you both

X con

July 29, 2016

It's hard to believe so much time has passed. I will always remember that night. Butch and I receiving the call that you had been shot and not knowing your condition. We headed to the hospital and joined so many of your brothers and sisters. You were such a kind and gentle man. Your smile lit up the room. You and Terry were so good for each other. Now you and Butch are together. I hope you have much laughter and joy, but I still miss that smile.

RN Barbara Ellis
Oroville Hospital ER

May 21, 2016

Can it already be 19 years since we lost you? Sometimes it seems like forever ago, and other times the feelings are so strong it seems like yesterday. You are loved and remembered, and no, I still haven't gotten over you. I have moved on in life and it is a good life, but you are in my thoughts daily and in my heart forever.
The memories of the night you died are still so vivid. I still live through that night not only on your anniversary but at odd times when a sight, a smell, especially a song reminds me of you. Through the years I've come across people who share a memory of you - it fills my heart to hear their stories.

Watch over us, Dan and I. Did you find Oakley? She crossed the Rainbow Bridge and I smile with I picture you holding her.

When I married my "new" husband I had my/our wedding band melted down and put in my new ring. You are a part of everything in my life.

With all my love.

Terry Jennings-Moline

May 1, 2016

I attended the Butte 73rd Academy with Randy. I was a Stockton PD Honor Guard representing Stockton PD at Randy,s funeral. It is 2016 and I still think of the sacrafice Randy made knowing we don't all make it to retirement. I enjoy my police retirement grateful I made it, but sad I wasn't able to see it with all of my brothers I started my career with. Randy truly was a really good guy that was understated in his presence, but true in his conviction. He taught me what can be lost in the heat of representing our respective departments. The reality of our career choice hit home with Randy. Randy was not the first, nor the last of sacrafices I saw over 20 years in police work. However, Randy represented the true spirit of optimism in the face of daily danger. I live in my police retirement reflecting daily on those like Randy who paid the ultimate price while serving their community as husbands, fathers and role models. Randy will never be forgotten in what true sacrafice means as it is passed on to our children from those who knew him.

K. Faler

Patrol, SIU, FTO
Stockton PD, Pleasanton PD

April 26, 2016

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”


Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 17, 2015

I still think of you today. You were one best man I ever knew. Such a kind and loving heart. I always looked forward to seeing you come in the ER and just chatting for awhile. You shared your wife with me when I was at one of the lowest points in my life. I was pregnant and my husband had left me and you graciously shared Terry with me so I would have a labor coach. I remember talking you the day before you died and how we made plans to have lunch, so you could finally meet my son. We laughed because all you had seen were pictures of him. We talked about how quickly time passes. I was so looking forward to seeing you the following week. When I got the call that night I couldn't believe it. I spent a lot of time with Terry over the next several days and to this day I speak of you and Terry to my son. Even though he never met you he knows what a great guy you were and the sacrifice you made in the line of duty. You will never be forgotten. Until we meet again.

Er nurse and friend

May 22, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 21, 2015

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