In Memoriam

Russell Jerome Randolph

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Chief Russell J. Randolph of the Trailer Estates Fire Control District in Bradenton, Florida

Russell was the Chief of the Trailer Estate Fire Department when he became ill this past July. He passed from this earth at 8:07pm on Friday, October 14, 2016 at the age of 55.

Chief 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). He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1985 and made a Life Member in 1990. He was hired as a full-time Firefighter in 1990 with the Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District and worked on B Shift until he retired in 2001. Chief Randolph 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 Chief in 2015. He 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.

Chief Randolph is survived by his sister Cynthia McMillian of North Carolina, aunt and cousins in Virginia and New York and he leaves behind a large family of Firefighters from Ohio and New York to Florida

Memorial donations may be made in his honor to the National Kidney Foundation.



Paul H. Morrison

Paul Morrison, age 55, died in Bradenton, Florida on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 after a struggle with advanced pancreatic cancer.

He leaves his wife and soul mate, Alison Morrison of Bradenton, FL, his sons Jeff Morrison of Cambridge, MA, and Scott Morrison (Scott Mo) of San Antonio, TX, his mother Iris Morrison of Pennsylvania, brother of Steven Morrison of Kentucky, sister Marilyn Segal of Pennsylvania, and his loving dog/companion Buddy.

Paul led a full life, fulfilling most of his passions, some of which included becoming a certified Firefighter, getting his Private Pilot’s license, certified SCUBA diving, fishing, and deploying to national disasters to assist those in need.

Paul had a life-long calling for emergency and disaster planning and response. His wishes are that all loved ones, friends, and colleagues remember his passion, commitment, and contributions to disaster preparedness and response.

Paul requested that you consider donations to your favorite disaster response organization or to Tidewell Hospice.