I have some rather sad news that I’d like to share with you.
My father-in-law, Richard Jason Randolph passed away last Wednesday morning. He was a first responder working a heavy rescue vehicle for Emerald Towing out of Pompano Beach, Florida. At 5:30 that morning, a semi truck pulling a loaded trailer missed a turn and wound up teetering on an overpass, dangling over Interstate 95 in Boca Raton, Florida. Richard, while attempting to get 18 wheeler back on the road, lost his footing and fell to his death. He died at the scene. He will be greatly missed by all.
The outpouring of love and support of the first responder community was overwhelming. I captured the moment for my family and you.
The community of first responders are a close group. Even though they compete for the same business, at the end of the day, they support one another. As you can see from the photographs, there are many companies that honored Richard and his family.
The rescue vehicles come in all sizes. Units that can rescue cars to the mammoth sized units that can lift aircraft and railway cars.
Parking was all the way down the street.
My daughter Michelle (who is due to give birth this June), admires the fancy artwork on one of the giant trucks.
Fire Rescue provided the Piper. I have never experienced the bagpipes in person. I will tell you, it is very hard to not get misty-eyed when the pipes are playing.
In the left corner is my wife Barbara holding her sister Kathy while they both weep. Off to the right is Richard, resting peacefully.
Here the pallbearers load Richard into the hearse. The Piper is playing and lots of eyes are watery (including my own). Richards wife of 35 years, Judy Randolph, sits in the wheel chair weeping.
Judy hold her grandsons hand while she gently weeps.
Judy sits beside her late husbands favorite truck one last time.
It was Judy’s wish to ride in Richards truck.
Her she is sitting in the passenger seat of ol’ 119.
Judy leads the procession followed by Richard in the hearse.
Behind is a procession 3 miles long.
Some first responders chose to honor Richard by saluting him as he is driven by one last time.
Some chose to keep the road open and clear for his procession.
As Richard goes off to be cremated, the rest of us celebrate his life at Bobby Rubino’s restaurant.
Parking was tight as these rescue vehicles are huge.
Chatting about Richard after an exhausting day.