CULVER CITY, Calif. --
Family members, friends and those who served alongside the former Marine and Hawthorne Police Detective paid their respects during a memorial ceremony held at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City on May 9.
Jeffrey P. Rand Jr. died in his sleep on his 34th birthday May 3 in his Redondo Beach home.
“Jeff (Rand) was an excellent Police Officer,” said the Hawthorne Police Department.
Rand, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, joined the Marine Corps in 1993 after graduating from Harbor High School in Ohio and was selected as a member of the presidential security detail for former President Bill Clinton.
Rand joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1997 and later was hired by the Hawthorne Police Department in 2001.
During his time with the Hawthorne Police Department Rand worked as a member of the SWAT team and recently started a new position with the Detective Bureau.
“(Rand) had a great street sense and was absolutely confident when he worked the streets. He was always big on tactics and safety. He would always take the time to help out a new officer,” said the Hawthorne Police Department.
In 1999, Rand entered the Marine Corps Reserves and was assigned to the 3rd Civil Affairs Group stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif. After the 9/11 attack, Rand’s unit was activated in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
“Rand was a real go getter, he really knew what he was doing,” said Master Gunnery Sgt. Jose C. Piedra, Detachment Chief with the 3rd CAG.
Rand along with his unit played a vital role in rebuilding the Iraqi Police force in Karbala, Iraq.
“His background as a police officer paid off with the CAG team in Iraq,” said Piedra. “He knew how to bring the civilian and military aspects together to help create a better unit.”
The decorated Marine received the Navy Commendation Medal with the “V” device for valor for his actions during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Rand is survived by his wife Diana, mother Kathleen and his sister Heather. His body was sent back to his hometown in Ohio to be buried next to his father.