Law officers killed in line of duty remembered at the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial

The names of four killed in the past year were added at the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Modified: May 10, 2013 at 9:06 pm •  Published: May 11, 2013

“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.



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