Portsmouth Police Department Mourns the Loss of Auxiliary Sergeant Randy Kuhlmann
by Capt (Aux) Ron Hyman, Auxiliary Bureau Commander
Auxiliary Police Sergeant Randolph “Randy” Kuhlmann lost his courageous battle with cancer on July 4th, 2009 at 5:00PM with his wife and family at his side. Sgt Kuhlmann served over 22 years as a volunteer officer with the Portsmouth Police Department’s Auxiliary Police Unit. Sergeant Kuhlmann served as Special Events Coordinator for the auxiliary unit and also had collateral duties in the police department's Robbery & Homicide Squad as a Detective/Investigator. Sergeant Kuhlmann received the President's Volunteer Service Award, Gold Level and was also awarded the President's Call to Service Award for overr 4,000 volunteer hours of service. He served over 10,000 hours as a sworn auxiliary law enforcement officer up to his illness that prevented him from working last year. Sergeant Kuhlmann was awarded Auxiliary Police Officer of the Year for 2008.
Sergeant Randy Kuhlmann spent his entire adult life working as a public servant and volunteer. He retired in 1998 from the United States Navy as a Senior Chief Petty Officer after serving honorably for 27 years and was employed by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. He was an avid motorcycle rider and taught several motorcycle riding and safety courses throughout his career. Randy was a Certified Instructor for the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association, and he frequently taught basic life saving skills and CPR . Sgt Randy Kuhlman is survived by his wife Linda and three children.
A viewing for friends and family was held on Wednesday, July 8th from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM at Sturtevant Funeral Home, 5201 Portsmouth Blvd, in Portsmouth Virginia. Sergeant Randy Kuhlmann was given full police honors by the Portsmouth Police Department's Honor Guard and was buried with full military honors as well on July 9th.