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For years, Dunn had hopes for cop job

Sarah Weber • Mar 22, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Andy Dunn may have been a young officer, but his supervisors said he showed nothing but promise.

Residents who encountered the 30-year-old on the job praised his professionalism during traffic stops and crash responses.

In performance reviews during Dunn’s three years as a Sandusky police officer, his supervisors noted he took pride in his work and always kept his uniform pressed and clean.

He often topped his shift in productivity. He constantly kept an ear trained on his police radio.

And when he wasn’t handling a call himself, Dunn was helping other officers.

His supervisors offered glowing reviews.

“(He) takes calls without complaint and is always willing to offer assistance to others,” one recent performance review stated. “He is always looking to improve his knowledge and is active in his drug enforcement.”

Dunn even brought doughnuts to the station on occasion, to raise morale among co-workers.

There were few negative comments — a minor mention of Dunn’s typos in a few incident reports, as well as mention of his apparent over-enthusiasm for the job.

“Officer is eager to do his job and he should be commended for this,” one review stated. “But at times it appears that he may be treading in unfamiliar waters that could place him in jeopardy. He needs to remember that officer safety is the first priority.”

Dunn graduated from Terra Community College with an associate degree in law enforcement and police science in March 2003. He attended Sandusky Police Academy in 2002.

He joined Sandusky police as a reserve officer after graduating from Terra, but with no openings available he chose a part-time job as a Cedar Point police officer.

In September 2007, Clyde police hired Dunn part-time.

“He was a picture-perfect cop,” Clyde police Chief Bruce Gower said. “That’s what he was born to do.”

Dunn did a good job and fit in well in Clyde, Gower said.

Officers in Clyde knew, however, Dunn really wanted to work at his hometown department with his father, Matt Dunn, a Sandusky police officer of 20 years.

Dunn finally got that chance on May 16, 2008, when Sandusky police hired him full-time.

“We were excited for him when he got it,” Gower said. “That’s what he wanted.”

Dunn excelled in Sandusky, even performing well during his probationary period, his reviews showed.

“Ofc. Dunn is respected and admired by his fellow officers,” one review said. “Dunn maintains a positive demeanor and arrives to work in a well maintained uniform.”

He received high marks in honor, accountability, and good common sense.

His personnel file noted he had one tattoo — on his left shoulder was an image of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial logo.

Dunn’s name now joins the fallen officers on the memorial wall.

Sandusky police Officer Jody Showalter, Dunn’s friend and co-worker, said Dunn was a dedicated family man who loved spending time with his wife and young sons.

Dunn was highly active on his beat. His personnel shows he often initiated more stops and responded to more calls than many other officers on his shift.

Police records do not indicate Dunn had previous contact with his alleged killer, Kevin D. Randleman, 50.

Randleman encountered Sandusky police on about 10 occasions in the past year.

Sometimes Randleman called an officer to complain about other people, though sometimes other people called police about Randleman.

Most recently, Randleman visited the police department in October to complain about a man threatening him. He made complaints about the same man earlier in the year and accused him of stealing items from his apartment.

Officers arrested Randleman in May 2010 for drug abuse, after they caught him carrying a small bag of marijuana, according to police reports.

An officer also arrested Randleman in July for disorderly conduct, after he allegedly got in a fight while drunk.

Pick up a copy of Tuesday's Register to read more about reactions from police, details on the funeral, reactions from local school students, how to help the Dunn family, and more.

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