Excerpt from Westerhold's Between the Lines column in the Sunday Register:
The killing of officer Andrew Dunn is the single-most significant event in the nearly 200-year history of the Sandusky Police Department. The struggles and issues that plagued the department in recent years are of little significance compared to the multi-faceted challenges and jarring reality his death forced on the department and the community.
The SPD, much like the city itself, is at a crossroads awaiting the appointment of a new chief, negotiating a new labor contract, and looking for ways to understand the tragedy of the loss it's suffered.
The officers who attended Friday's hearing provided a glimpse for the community of the inner struggles they've wrestled for all these months. They responded to Randleman's guilty plea and life sentence with burst relief and a spontaneous outpouring of unity that crossed over from the department to the whole community.
The end for Randleman will not be a needle in his veins, but rather, a prison cell for the rest of his life. The Dunn family is left with memories of Andy Dunn's smile and his determination, and life going forward for his widow and his two sons. For the department and the community, the ending on Friday is a chance for a new beginning.