He is our friend and we will miss him!

Russell RandolphBefore coming to East Manatee, Russell J. Randolph began his firefighting career with the Manhasset-Lakeville Volunteer Fire Department Rescue Company 3 on Long Island, NY in 1979. In 1984, he moved to Bradenton, FL to work as a Dispatcher in the Manatee County Department of Public Safety.  He also joined the Braden River Volunteer Fire Department (East Manatee Fire Rescue).  Russell was promoted to Lieutenant in 1985 and made a Life Member of the Braden River Firefighters (East Manatee Benevolent) Association in 1990.

Russell left East Manatee in 1990 when he was hired as a full-time Firefighter with the neighboring Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District. He worked on B Shift until he retired in 2001.  Russell was a Forensic Photographer with the Manatee County Arson Task Force from 1985 to 1991.  In 2011 he joined the volunteer Fire Department in Trailer Estates and became the Fire Chief in 2015.

Russell was a member of the Manatee County Medical Reserve Corp, Suncoast FOOLS, Manatee County Fire Chiefs Association, International Association of Fire Chiefs, Manhasset-Lakeville Firefighters Benevolent Association, and the East Manatee Firefighters Benevolent Association.

Russell became ill this past July. He passed from this earth at 20:07 hours on Friday, October 14, 2016 at the age of 55.

ECC final radio announcement for Russell Randolph:


This video was shown at Russell’s funeral/celebration of life: