The Norman Transcript


March 28, 2014

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troopers recognized during annual awards ceremony



“Trooper Tommy Allen displayed courage and professionalism in the most harrowing situation. His quick actions, dedication to duty and valor reflect great credit upon himself, his troop and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol,” Brown said.

Raines was recognized with the heroism award for an incident Sept. 21 when attempting to make a traffic stop in west Tulsa. The vehicle driver failed to stop, turned into a parking lot and exited his vehicle. Several physical altercations followed as the suspect tried several times to flee on foot, Brown said.

Raines caught him in a nearby alleyway, where their last altercation took place, during which Raines felt the suspect tug at his gun belt and attempt to obtain his duty weapon. The suspect tackled Raines and, again, pulled at his gun belt.

Raines knew if the suspect were to obtain the gun, it would be used against either him or the public, Brown said.

“In a final attempt to free himself, Trooper Raines was forced to use deadly force to protect himself against the violent aggressor,” Brown said. “Trooper Bobby Raines’ tenacity and split-second decision to use deadly force are the factors which ultimately saved his life. His quick actions, dedication to duty and heroism reflect greatly upon himself, his troop and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.”

Mass received the humanitarianism award after an incident Aug. 7 involving a vehicle running off the roadway into water off State Highway 31 in Pittsburg County. When Mass arrived, he noticed a vehicle submerged in the waterway approximately 75 yards from the shoreline that appeared to be sinking.

Mass and a resident passing by entered the water and made their way to the vehicle and driver. The driver stated he had intended on killing himself. Mass defused the emotional driver and assisted him out of the vehicle and back to safety, Brown said.

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