Oklahoma City police chief's Christmas tree keeps memories alive

The Christmas tree in the Oklahoma City police chief's suite is decorated with police gear, novelties and keepsakes that span the years.
by William Crum Modified: December 25, 2013 at 3:00 pm •  Published: December 24, 2013

Toni Bradley keeps the spirit of the season alive at Oklahoma City police headquarters.

Bradley sees to it that the tree in the chief's suite is decorated each year.

The ceiling-high tree is adorned with police gear, novelties and keepsakes, topped each year by Chief Bill Citty's uniform hat.

New this year is a memorial ornament for Chad Peery, the officer killed in a traffic wreck in April.

Bradley, 44, has been receptionist in the chief's office going on seven years. She inherited the Christmas tree duty five or six years ago, she said.

Lights and a yellow crime scene tape garland encircle her tree. The annual ornament for 2013 with a view of the downtown skyline was provided by the department's criminal intelligence unit.

Decorations include blue police department uniform patches, toy police vans and cars, and American flags. The tree skirt includes the initials “OCPD” and a police officer snowman.

An officer's children sent a Lego bicycle officer this year. On the wish list: ornaments recognizing the motorcycle officers and officers who patrol on Segway two-wheelers.

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by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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