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In Honor of a Fallen Hero

On the evening of May 21, 1997, Deputy Randal Jennings was shot and killed in the line of duty while in foot pursuit of a domestic violence suspect.(Click for a synopsis)
Deputy Jennings was 38 years of age and began his law enforcement career with the Butte County Sheriff's Office in 1988. He was a member of the Special Incident Response Team and was named Officer of the Year in 1996.

Memorial Plaque on Randy Jennings Memorial Bridge
A Part of America Died
Somebody killed a police officer today
And a part of America died.
A piece of our country he swore to protect
Will be buried with him at his side.
Somebody killed a police officer today
It happened in your town and mine.
While we slept in comfort behind our locked doors
A cop put his life on the line.
Now his ghost has the beat
On a dark city street
And he stands at each rookie's side.
A cop answered the call
Of himself gave his all
And a part of America died.


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Randy Jennings Memorial Bridge (Oroville, CA)
His will be a legacy of the pride in a job well done and a life richly lived. He is gone from among us, but he will never be forgotten.
A fund has been set up for the Jennings family. Donations can be made to Randy Jennings Trust Fund, c/o Butte Community Bank, 2227 Myers Street, Oroville, CA 95965.