LAAPOA is saddened to announce the sudden death of Los Angeles Airport Police Officer III Michael Allen “Razz” Rasmussen. He was a 24-year veteran of the Los Angeles Airport Police and a United States Air Force veteran.
On September 14, after departing the police station located at LAX Airport, Officer Rasmussen was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident on his way home from work. His smile and duty to service were always unmatched. His dedication to his family, friends and community was unwavering.
Officer Rasmussen began his career with the City of Los Angeles in 1997 after serving with the U.S. Air Force. His training as a crash rescue firefighter in the U.S. Air Force prepared him for the job as an airport safety officer (ASO) assigned to Ontario International Airport (ONT). The job of an ASO is the best of both public safety worlds, as personnel are trained as both police officers and firefighters. Upon ONT Airport being patrolled by the City of Ontario, Officer Rasmussen, along with the other assigned ASOs, continued his law enforcement career assigned to LAX Airport as an airport police officer. He was assigned to the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) in 2019 until his passing.
Officer Rasmussen was a great athlete and loved playing softball, participating in several U.S. Police and Fire Olympics and World Games.
He leaves behind his two beloved daughters, Averi and Reilly; his sister, Laura; his mother, Jeannine; his loving wife, Cindie, and her three sons, Austin, Evan and Jared; and his grandson, Adam. His sudden and untimely passing is a tragic blow to his immediate, extended and airport police families.
“Razz was a good father, son, firefighter, police officer, friend, athlete and respected member of our law enforcement family and will be greatly missed,” LAAPOA President Marshall McClain says.
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