The Norman Transcript


May 11, 2013

Service honors the fallen



Miner, Norman Police Department patrolman minor, was shot by a suspect while on duty on July 30, 1972. He was 25 years old and was survived by his ex-wife and son.

Chafey, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office employee, was killed April 19, 1995, during the Alfred P. Murrah Building bombing. She was 35 years old and was survived by her husband, two children, her parents and two siblings.

DeBerry, Norman Police Department sergeant, died from a heart attack on Dec. 1, 1998, during a physical fitness training course. He was 41 years old and was survived by his wife and two children.

Tonya DeBerry, DeBerry’s widow, said the memorial reminds her of the importance of law enforcement service.

“I just think it’s a wonderful way to honor him and the others for protecting us, being the men in blue,” she said.

The memorial service included a presentation of colors, singing of the “Star Spangled Banner,” and guest speaker United States Secret Service Oklahoma Special Agent in Charge Adrian Andrews.

“How do we honor them? How do we honor their lives? My office in the Secret Service office here in Oklahoma City, there’s a memorial to the folks who passed away in the bombing. We have pictures, we have plaques and we have flags and we can gather every year and say nice things about them,” Andrews said. “What I plan to do, what I’d like to do, is be a living memorial for those who have fallen. And this is how I’ll do it, three different ways: I want to train harder, I want to sharpen my skills and I want to be a consonant professional.”

After Andrews’ speech, family members of the fallen were presented red roses, and then escorted by an officer to leave the flowers at the base of a memorial near the police department building.

The service ended with a 21-gun salute and the playing of taps.

Hannah Cruz


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