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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

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

Randy, You were my training officer in the jail. I will never forget you or the time we spent working together. I learned so much from you & was impressed at how well you dealt with people. You were one of the best people I've ever known, and your loss hit me hard, such a waste.

Former Corrections Officer Ted Clarke
Butte County SO

February 26, 2015


I left work and said goodbye when 30 minutes later this happened to you. I will never forget being in the emergency room with you, Terry and Brian looking on. I was so young I couldn't fathom the reality of what happened. Know your sacrifice has shaped so many of our lives and we all honor you and the Jennings family. I spent some time with Terry after and reading her recent post brought tears to my eyes. I got to see first hand the struggle she went through that first year and I can only offer honor and everlasting memory to honor your sacrifice. I pray to meet you one day in eternity. Know your memory and story is continually shared with many young officers as one thing Terry asked of us, "Never forget" and I won't. I also pray for those left behind like Terry and your family - God Bless you. Love - Mark Gonzalez

Sergeant Mark Gonzalez
Capitola Police - Formber Butte County Sheriff Deputy

January 24, 2015

I am not sure what to say, except I remember that night vividly. I was so sad when your death was confirmed, it dealt my heart a huge blow. I had my own very personal demons to deal with. Shortly afterwards, I knew I had to focus on you and the way you lived your life, rather than the way you died, and that would help ease the pain. I still have dreams about all of that; and some folks call it PTSD.

Randy, you were such a great guy! I remember sitting at the "Cornucopia" talking about your Simpson College days. I am glad to know that you knew our Lord God and Savior, and I am honored to have worked with you!

I pray to see you one day in Eternity!

May God, our Lord and Savior bless and keep you!

Anonymous, Sergeant (retired), Riv. Co.
Former Sgt, and BCSO alum

September 11, 2014

Another year past. I miss you brother!

Chief Mike Wilson
Lake Shastina

May 20, 2014

Tonight I lay in bed trying to sleep and just as I've done for the past 15 years I start thinking of your last day with us and I count down the hours until your death. Some years the memories fly by, other years, like this one, the memories stay for a while and bring the tears with them. You would think that after 16 years those memories would be more controllable but they aren't. Like waves of the ocean pounding the shores the memories cannot be controlled.

With God's help and your help I've had the honor of helping others when they have suffered the tragic loss of their law enforcement officer. Recently, following the loss of a co-worker by suicide I ran out of anything more to give to family survivors.

I know that with God's help and your help, I found a man with whom I may share the rest of my life. I am living the kind of life that you and I used to dream of having some day. I hope you are enjoying watching all this as I know you do with love in your heart. For whatever reason, God blessed me by allowing me to have 2 great loves in my life.

When we used to talk about what we would do if one of us died your only wish was that I not get over you TOO quickly. I'm still not over you - the last pillow on which you rested your head in our bed is still wrapped in plastic (I thought it would hold your scent - does it? Or is that my imagination?) No, the part of my heart you took with you cannot be replaced - it is yours forever. Fortunately the part of my heart that is left is still capable of great love.

Oroville and your department still remember you - you WILL be fondly remembered. Not for the way your died, but for the way you lived.

I love you and miss you.

Terry Jennings-Moline
Oroville PD (retired) and widow of Randy

May 21, 2013

A terrible loss for a lot of people, especially Randy's family and close friends. He was an unforgettable guy, a great cop, a sincere and authentic person. I still miss him fifteen years later, still can't tell that story without a tear. But he left us so young with a shining example of a cop who really could "be all he could be". A tough cop but also a good friend, husband, partner. I'll never forget him.

Deputy Jim Norman
Butte County Sheriff

May 25, 2012

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