PASADENA – Sgt. Randy Rousseau, a 17-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, died May 2 after what family and friends called a courageous three-year battle with leukemia. He was 44. “It’s very hard to lose someone you grew up with,” said Deputy Keith Gibbons, 43, Rousseau’s longtime friend and partner. “We went through everything together from the time we were rookie cops up through the ranks.” Rousseau went in and out of remission three times before the disease, acute lymphocytic leukemia, which is most often found in children, claimed his life May 2, Gibbons said. He left active duty a second time after being transferred from his post at the Pitchess Detention Center to Crescenta Valley Station to treat the cancer about a year ago, Lt. Mike Bornman said. “You could see that he was hurting at times,” said Bornman, referring to the disease’s effect on Rousseau, “but he never complained. He fought like hell to live. It was tragic.” Most recently, he appeared to be recovering successfully from a bone marrow transplant undertaken at the City of Hope on Dec. 13, Gibbons said. “The headaches came back and became more acute for about a week before he slipped into a coma,” Gibbons said. “He never woke up.” Rousseau, who lived in unincorporated southeast Pasadena on Blanche Street, worked the graveyard shift with Gibbons at the sheriff’s Altadena Station from 1990 through 1993, among other assignments, Gibbons said. “He was an outstanding officer,” Gibbons said, noting his partner’s work on a mid-1990s case solved largely by Rousseau in which a father had murdered, then buried, two young sons. “The man’s 9-year-old son trusted Randy enough that he led him to a grave,” he said. About 300 sworn officers and civilian colleagues from around the region attended Rousseau’s service, according to Bornman. The sergeant leaves his wife Rebecca, 38, and three sons, Rory, 14, Jacob, 10, Joseph, 6. Gibbons said due to the great outpouring of financial support from the community since he was diagnosed,the Rousseau family asked that in lieu of flowers,donations be made to the Sheriff’s Relief Foundation, Survivors and Dependents Fund. [email protected] (626) 578-6300 Ext. 4461160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!