“Our law enforcement people work with those every day, especially our probation and parole. They go into a house never knowing what's in there,” she said. “They go in there basically blind sometimes. I think all of the Department of Corrections is forgotten about a lot, as far their safety and their funding to be safe.”
Other law officers killed in the line of duty in the past year who were rehonored were William Coen, a reserve Harper County deputy sheriff, who died in a one-vehicle accident June 10; Mayra Ramirez-Barreto, an agent with the Puerto Rico Justice Department; and Eliezer Colon-Claussells, a correctional officer with the Puerto Rico Corrections and Rehabilitation Department.
They were killed in a vehicle crash Jan. 10 near Stillwater while en route to a prison in Cushing to pick up several prisoners. They were southbound on U.S. 177 when another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction crossed the centerline and struck their van head-on.
“We mourn with those left behind,” said Stillwater Police Chief Norman McNickle, president of the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police.