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 akemp@opubco.com Modified: March 30, 2013 at 9:43 pm •  Published: March 30, 2013
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“He was a step above us,” Dorrough said. “He was class president, the leader of our group, a straight-A student, a star in every sport. He was the cliche that did everything, and he lit up the room while doing it.”

A star defensive back and quarterback for Anadarko High School, Norwood went to the University of Oklahoma and wound up playing football for the Sooners under coach Barry Switzer from 1989 to 1992.

Lots of friends

Ron Marvel, Norwood's high school football coach, said he never knew anyone who had a bad thing to say about Norwood. The two kept in touch even after Norwood's Warrior playing days ended.

“He only made friends and no enemies,” Marvel said. “I have a deep and lasting respect for Pete. Anyone that knew him lost a family member today.”

Dorrough said Norwood was the first of their friends to get a car in high school.

He remembers just driving around in circles in a maroon Cutlass just dreaming about the future and about “Peterman” playing for the Sooners.

“We would go and watch him practice at OU,” Dorrough said. “When he became a trooper and was stationed at the Capitol, he would show us around there, too. Even though he progressed real high in his career, he never got too big for Anadarko. He always had time for his friends.”


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