Co-workers, current and retired, gathered along with family and friends of Captain Randy Kirby on Friday night to celebrate his retirement. The evening was filled with great memories and stories recapping Randy's career that stems some three decades. Randy served as a Police Reserve Officer for the Sierra Madre Police Department before beginning his 30-year career here in Arcadia. Rising through the ranks, Randy retired on December 30, 2010. Take a look at a nice article at Arcadia Patch, written by Joe Taglieri, that speaks to the career of Captain Kirby. Captain Kirby is pictured to the left, receiving his retirement badge and identification from Chief Bob Sanderson.
A main focal point to Randy's career was the Arcadia Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics Team. Randy was placed on the team early in his career and played a key role in the constant development of the team throughout his career. Newly appointed Captain Bob Guthrie put together a slide show that chronicled the APD SWAT evolution over the years highlighting Randy's involvement. Members of the current team (below left) then presented Captain Kirby with a framed memento, detailing the team development.
Chief Bob Sanderson, Captains Gene Gioia and Bob Guthrie also presented newly retired Captain Randy Kirby with a snapshot of his career, in the form of a shadow box. The party was a nice send-off for Randy who thanked his family and co-workers for influencing his career. Thank YOU, Randy, for 30-years of service to APD!