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Oklahoma Highway Patrol captain dies after illness

Rodrick “Pete” Norwood, 42, an 18-year veteran of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, died Saturday at an Oklahoma City hospital.
BY ADAM KEMP Modified: March 30, 2013 at 9:43 pm •  Published: March 30, 2013

Even with a personality larger than life, Rodrick “Pete” Norwood was never too big to be your friend.

Norwood, 42, was an 18-year veteran and captain of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

He died Saturday at Oklahoma Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City. The cause of death was not released.

Friends and co-workers said Norwood was quick to crack a joke and would usually be the first to laugh at it, always flashing his trademark smile.

Norwood joined the highway patrol in 1995, graduating with the 48th patrol class.

At the time of his death, Norwood was the Department of Public Safety's legislative liaison at the state Capitol.

“We are floored, everyone loved Pete,” trooper Betsy Randolph said. “He left a huge impression on us and a huge hole in our hearts.”

Norwood is survived by his wife and three children, two sons from a previous marriage and a stepdaughter.

Raised in Anadarko

Raised in Anadarko by his mother and grandmother after his father was killed in an accident while stationed in Germany, Norwood loved his hometown and was fiercely proud of his roots, friends said.

David Dorrough, 41, grew up with Norwood in Anadarko.

He said Norwood, or “Peterman” as most of the town knew him, was the typical All-American boy in high school, always the leader of the pack.

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