For years, Dunn had hopes for cop job

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.
Sarah Weber
Mar 22, 2011


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.



Such A Horrific Tragedy for Andy Dunn's Family.  Words cannot express enough loss for them.  This man was doing what he loved, and died in the line of duty.  I wish his family all the best, as time will heal your hearts, but never will you forget your beloved Husband and Father.


This is such a senseless tragedy. My heart breaks for the family. I had chills watching the video. It touches my heart to see the community bonding over this loss. Thinking of the family; I cannot imagine what you are going through. God Bless.


God Bless Andy's family..both his immediate family and his family that wear the uniform.....

God grant Andys family and fellow officers the strength to go on and fight the good fight that Andy was proud to be a part of

Ease their pain and comfort them in this time of sorrow...AMEN

We love you Andy and as you protected us on Earth, we know you will continue to do so in Heaven....

comment this

 he was good man, and sandusky has lost a great police officer.julie you are  in our thoughts and prayers. no one can take better care of your children than god, have faith


For a TRUE tribute to Never Forget, view the ODMP about Andrew.



If that is true about the Register wanting the dashcam video, I think they would have enough sense not to publish it.  it would just lead to an incredible amount of backlash against the newspaper and a terrible loss of revenue. 

Of course that being said, since Westerhold finally cracked Don Lee and Mr. Lee quit there is only one or two people left down there with any sense, ethics, or morals.


Words can not discribe the pain that I feel knowing that such a young officer has had to lay down his like for someone that has no respect for the law or the people that inforce them.

My thoughts and prayers go out to not only the Family as well as residents of Sandusky .You know that this doesnt happen in small towns like ours , and to have something like this happen is a punch to everyone in Sandusky that knew him as well as to people that didnt know him ,

One can only hope that everyone can learn to live with it , as well as remember it , cause theres nothin that says it cant and wont happen again , As long as we have drugs and people that dont care , we will have this , the only thing that we can do is to pray that it never happens again and thank god that it didnt happen this day everyday .

And when you see a law officer , weather he is a sandusky ,pirkins or whatever dont be afraid to walk up and tell them you appreciate them and you respect what they stand for .Cause you never know when the day will come when you will need one of them and they will be there , they swore to protect you and me from people that mean us harm .And that just goes to show you the courage that OFFICER ANDREW DUNN had from the public and the respect and courage to up hold the laws of this City State and country

To the Dunn family ,I sulute each and everyone of you for you courage as well , cause without your support   we might not have had another fine officer 

hang em all

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 This poem is for all you people out there who did not know Andy, and mistakenly believe that all this vile anger and divisiveness would have been what he wanted. He was a man of peace. He would want us to be united as one and taking care of the city he loved, the home of his family.

Those were not shattered shards of shot windows that fell,

But the tears of  sad angels with a sorrowful song to tell,

Of the brave man who was slain, where his life began he died,

the first, the finest the fallen who was this city's pride

if you knew Andy you'd know he would not want hate to burn

because a man of peace, an officer of peace taught what we must learn

that while his uniform of the city he loved was bloodied and torn

we cannot forget his life's work while in this darkness we mourn,

He was of Peace, about order and the protection of us all,

And to honor Andy we must remember his life and not just his fall

Let's respect him as he watches us from his new celestrial height,

By Continuing  his dreams in our unity by being noble, steadfast and right.




Why does anyone need to see the tragedy on tape?????  Sometimes this "right to know" crap gets a little tedious and testing of one's patience.  For all the ghouls out there who feel the need to see this on tape and see it unfold, good luck.  I don't feel any of us has the right to see it at all.  The dash-cam was set up to assist the police in preventing unnecessary confusion during a crime or a stop and to eliminate BOTH sides from wrong doing.....not so that some people can witness a deadly act.  Let the police see the tapes and no one else.  Why this world needs the gruesome details in live action is beyond me.  A police officer WAS GUNNED DOWN IN THE LINE OF DUTY, that is all most of us need to know or see. 


I feel for the lost but the public has the right to know ,we the taxpayers will be paying for it .It is not beyond law enforcement to over react .I don't carry a gun and 3 times in my life the police has pulled weapons out on me once here in Sandusky because I looked like the suspect .I have also been convicted when I was innocent ,the tapes r important for the public to know that justice will be serve


This is so sad, he had such a beautiful family, and it breaks my heart to hear about this <l3

Julie R

What a BEAUTIFUL FAMILY -- my heart aches for them!!  God Bless Andy for helping to keep Sandusky safe!!  I am sure he is sitting HIGH in HEAVEN!!

Julie R

What a BEAUTIFUL FAMILY!!  My heart aches for them!!  God Bless Andy for helping to keep Sandusky safe.  I am sure he is sitting HIGH in HEAVEN!

Kottage Kat

Just loved the picture with both of them in their uniforms, that is priceless and brought  tears to my eyes.


Julie R.

To the Sandusky Register: In reference to the comments made on March 28, 2011 at 1:39 AM and 1:41 AM by Julie R

I agree with the comment but they were not made by me. It appears that somebody else is now posting under the name of Julie R (minus the period after the R) You might want to check into this. 

Thank you. 

Julie R

Julie R. (with a period):  Obviously I am another Julie R (without a period).  I did notice the same thing though, especially through these articles.  I don't see any problem with it, there is no account playing in this.  I know there happen to be many, many Julie Rs!  I'm glad you agreed with my comments!!


amazing how most people already convicted Mr.Randleman. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty .There is two sides of this story we should wait to hear the other side before we convict an innocent man.