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‘A true cop’

Deputy’s dedication, humor remembered by colleagues

Area law enforcement is remembering one of their own following the sudden death of Lawrence County Sheriff’s Deputy Randy Rogers on Tuesday. Rogers was 54.

Rogers started with the sheriff’s office in 1984, taking a break a few years later to work in Gallia County, returning in 1999 to Lawrence County. He was also a canine officer at one point in his career.

“He was a guy you could always count on,” Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless said. “I’ve never seen him show any fear.”

Rogers’ dedication and enthusiasm for his work were characteristics Detective Sgt. Aaron Bollinger and Lawrence County Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson recalled.

“For as many years that he has been in the job it is amazing that someone could still have the excitement and zeal for doing law enforcement,” Bollinger said. “In the 18 years that I’ve known him I’ve executed thousands of search warrants in my career, especially with the drug task force. He was always one I could count on. He was absolutely dependable.”

Anderson worked closely with Rogers with the county’s drug and major crimes task force.

“Randy was a great law enforcement officer,” Anderson said. “He was one of those guys willing to work extra shifts. He was a true cop. I am very sad to hear about his loss.”

Rogers is also remembered for his strong sense of humor and ability to tell a story.

“Randy Rogers always put a smile on your face and could talk for hours,” Bollinger said.

“He was one of those people who made you laugh,” Anderson said. “He would brighten your day.”

Phillips Funeral Home is handling arrangements for Rogers, which are incomplete at this time.