The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department – Santa Clarita Valley Station lost one of their own in 2008. After a long and hard fought battle, Deputy Randy Hamson succumbed to injuries he sustained after being struck by a car in 2004.
Late in the evening of August 16, 2004, Deputy Hamson was conducting a follow-up investigation for a traffic collision that had occurred earlier in the shift on Sierra Highway. The portion of the road where deputies were conducting their investigation was poorly lit. Randy saw a vehicle driving with its headlights off and used his flashlight in an attempt to get the driver’s attention. As Deputy Hamson’s attention was drawn to that vehicle, he stepped forward and was suddenly struck by another vehicle coming toward him. The driver of the vehicle that struck Randy never saw him before the collision occurred.
Randy was rushed to the hospital and treated for a significant head trauma and other injuries. In October of 2004, he was transferred to Casa Colina Hospital, a long term care facility in Pomona. Randy remained in their care until death became imminent. On the afternoon of October 24, 2008, Deputy Randy Hamson passed away.
October 30, 2008, friends, family, and fellow law enforcement officers gathered at Grace Baptist Church in Saugus to honor their fallen hero. Hamson was remembered as a diligent and hard working deputy, who was admired and respected by his fellow protectors and the community. He was a great partner, public servant, and friend. He is truly missed.
Hamson joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on March 23, 1999, and graduated the Sheriff’s Academy on August 27, 1999. He was assigned to Pitchess Detention Center – East Facility, until April of 2003, and then began his patrol service at Santa Clarita Valley Station in April of 2003.
Up until the time of the accident, Deputy Hamson resided in Simi Valley with his wife Cindy and their three children. Randy is also survived by his parents Jim and Carolyn Hamson, and his brothers Tim and Mike. His wife Cindy said what Randy always wanted to do was protect and serve the public – he lost his life fulfilling that dream.
Following a long processional, Deputy Hamson was laid to rest at Eternal Valley with full police honors.