Oklahomans show tremendous support for seriously injured Oklahoma City police officer and family

Prayers, bake sales and auctions are just a few of the ways Oklahomans are reaching out to injured Oklahoma City police officer Chad Peery and his family.
by Bryan Painter Modified: March 20, 2011 at 8:24 am •  Published: March 20, 2011
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Chad Peery's pain can be seen in the tears that well up in the eyes of his mother, Jan.

“It's been a nightmare” she said.

But Oklahomans battle nightmares with compassion and love.


“The support has been unbelievable,” Jan Peery said. “From the moment we got to the hospital, it has been unbelievable.”

Her son, Oklahoma City police officer Chad Peery, 34, suffered a broken neck late Feb. 15 after he tried to escort three men out of Dan O'Brien's Public House in northwest Oklahoma City, police reported. He was off-duty at the time and had been watching an Oklahoma City Thunder game on television.

Bartenders who knew Peery was a police officer sought his help because of reports the men were trying to start fights. The husband and father of four is paralyzed from the shoulders down, with some movement in his arms.

Three men have been accused in a felony charge of intentionally assaulting Peery.

Throughout her life, Jan has helped or watched fellow Oklahomans help those who are at the lowest point in their lives.

Jan grew up watching her parents help through community involvement. She has continued with that sense of giving to others, including contributing to food drives and helping a pregnant woman whose car had stalled.

Having been with the YWCA Oklahoma City for 15 years, including seven as its chief executive officer, she's been there when staff members held a child who had just seen his mother beaten, or comforted a child who was trembling after trying to pull his violent father off his mother.

Jan remembers those times when doctors and attorneys have volunteered their services to help domestic violence and/or sexual assault victims who had no resources of their own.

Full circle

This outpouring of kindness has come full circle, and the hand of support now rests on Jan's shoulder, as well as those of her family.

“This one young man has touched so many lives even in his struggle to live,” she said.

“We had many nurses tell us they were quite inspired watching him fight even if it just meant being able to sit up, to cough, anything. He did it and is very strong and brave.

“I've told him he's my hero.”

Oklahomans overwhelmingly have responded. They've offered prayers. They've held bake sales, a church breakfast and sold bracelets that read “Defeat is never an option.”

The Officer Down Foundation, which has helped many law enforcement members and families in such a time of need, presented a check to the Peery family on March 11. The Henry Hudson's Pub, 3509 NW 58, along with the help of some Oklahoma City, The Village and Edmond police officers and their wives, conducted auctions March 12 and raised $40,270.

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by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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How to help

The Chad Peery Benefit Fund

Checks/money orders can be mailed to and cash can be dropped off at:

Municipal Employees Credit Union

c/o: Chad Peery Donation Fund

3561 W Memorial Road

Oklahoma City, OK 73134

Online: Go to www.chadpeeryfund.org

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