Officer Randy Eppinger, the School Resource Officer (SRO) for Hamilton School District, is a Hometown Hero.
Daly Elementary School first grade educator Brittany Hayes said Eppinger is a valuable addition.
“(He) dedicates countless hours to our communities especially our schools,” Hayes said. “He is always available to come talk to students about being safe and goes above and beyond to get to know the students and staff, making students feel comfortable with him while educating them about law enforcement.”
Daly second grade student Brodee Beall said officer Eppinger is a community hero because, "he saves us from danger.”
“He comes to our school and helps our school,” Beall said. “He's really nice."
Washington Primary School Principal Scott Holland said Eppinger is a positive addition to Hamilton Schools.
“Randy is a very thoughtful SRO that makes a difference in children's lives every day,” Holland said. “He is extremely positive with all of our Hamilton School District students and is constantly involved with all of our schools.”
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Chief of Police Ryan Oster said Eppinger is “top notch.”
“Everyone thinks highly of him,” Oster said. “He has a way of being able to find solutions to tough problems.”
Oster said that Eppinger is in his eighth year with Hamilton Police Department, previously worked as a Glacier County Sherrif Deputy in Cut Bank and served in the U.S. Army on a tour in Iraq.
“He does a tremendous job,” Oster said. “He really has the ability to connect with students, staff and building administrators. They all think highly of him and the parents, he manages to make connections with them and that is a pretty diverse group. He does a good job with that.”
Beyond his job as SRO, Eppinger is a coach for middle school football, is involved with Taekwondo and serves as a DJ for school dances.
“He has a real heart for kids,” Oster said. “One of the local judges just sent me an email about Eppinger, ‘I just wanted to express my appreciation for Officer Eppinger’s willingness, promptness and professionalism in this matter.’ He just goes out of his way to find a solution to these issues. I can’t say enough good about him. He is a top notch officer.”