OKLAHOMA CITY – Following the tragic death of Oklahoma City Police Officer Chad Peery Monday afternoon, Cpt. Dexter Nelson pointed out that Peery’s service to the community will continue, even after death.
“The community has lost a public servant and a hero,” Nelson said. “Chad continues to serve the public today as he will donate organs to another, to save someone else’s life.”
Officer Peery was an organ donor.
Now, his courage will eventually write a new chapter.
“The most noble thing that a human being can do for another human being is to donate an organ,” Phil Van Stavern said, Chief Operating Officer of Life Share.
Life Share is a transplant donor service.
Van Stavern said Peery now joins nearly 100 Oklahomans who save lives with their decision to become organ donors every year.
“We have a lot of people who are literally at death’s door, who are saved by people that they didn’t know, will never know, just generous and compassionate people,” he said.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the cause of Peery’s crash was a blow out on the left rear tire of his vehicle.
OSU-OKC driving instructor Will Orr said blowouts happen most often when a tire is underinflated.
“(Underinflation) will cause heat on the outside edges (of the tire),” he said.
Using a skid car in a campus parking lot, Orr showed us how slamming on the brakes after a blowout can make skidding worse.
“Let’s say something happens, that left rear blows out and you jerk,” he said. “It happens pretty quick.”
Instead, Orr said we should actually accelerate slightly after a tire blowout.
That will stabilize the car and we should lightly apply the brakes to pull over.
“That’s all you’ve got to do is straighten the wheel,” Orr said. “If the wheels squeal, straighten the wheel.”