Picture of Officer Randall Blank

Randall A. Blank Memorial Scholarship

To provide educational resources for students wishing to pursue a college education in Police Science or a related field.

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Essay

Why did you choose to study Police Science? Please discuss your future plans and career goals.

Criteria

Applicants must:

- Be a graduating senior or graduate of a public or private high school in Winnebago County;
- Be majoring in Police Science or a related field;
- Complete an essay discussing why he or she chose to study police science and their future plans and goals.

Past recipients may reapply, but no student may receive the scholarship for more than three years. Currently sworn police officers are not eligible to apply.

Biography

Originally written in the Rock River Times

Everyone who knew Randall Blank described him in the same way; happy, caring and completely dedicated to becoming a Rockford police officer.  Randall worked hard to make his dream come true.   He graduated from Jefferson High School and went to Rock Valley College.  Randall passed the test for the police department but since there were no openings at the Rockford Police Department, he applied for the Freeport department instead.  In February of 1980, a position became available, and Randall was finally hired as a Rockford Police officer. Patrol Officer Randall A. Blank was killed in the line of duty on December 31, 1980.

Randall’s funeral was held at St. Rita’s Church.  Over 425 people, including 300 police officers from Rockford and surrounding areas, attended the services.  Another 600 people were in the St. Rita’s gym, where they watched the services on closed-circuit television.  Fellow officers were pallbearers, and over 100 squad cars followed the hearse to the cemetery.

Randall wanted to be a Rockford Police Officer from the time he was a boy.  When people would ask him why he was so determined to make this his career, Randall always answered the same way.  Randall wanted to help people and thought that being a peace officer would be a wonderful way to do that.

Though Randall was only 23 years old when he was killed, his dedication to the people of Rockford has carried his name through the years since his death.