MOORE, Okla. – It has been five months since an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper was killed during a chase.
On July 14, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. Heath Meyer was putting out stop sticks in an attempt to stop a fleeing suspect along I-35 in Moore when he was hit by a fellow trooper’s vehicle.
“What’s especially tragic here is, just moments before this, Lt. Meyer, his troop commander and another lieutenant was sitting at our Troop A headquarters in Oklahoma City, just talking down there when they decided to get up and respond to assist a trooper that they hear is needing assistance,” said OHP Chief Ricky Adams.
Meyer was rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition before succumbing to his injuries 10 days later.
“Heath Meyer was an example for all of us of how to serve with humility and grace,” said DPS Commissioner Michael C. Thompson. “I have a tremendous amount of admiration and appreciation for his faithful service to Oklahoma. We will all miss him.”
Meyer graduated from the OHP Academy in 2005, but also served as a pastor in Cleveland County. He is the 36th OHP trooper who has died in the line of duty.
Now, a local restaurant is hoping to raise money for those left behind after the loss.
Pie Five Pizza Co. will host a fundraiser for Meyer’s family on Dec. 16 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Organizers say that Pie Five Pizza Co. will be donating 15 percent of total sales from the day to Meyer’s family.
“We ask all of Oklahoma to come out and show their respect and admiration for a true Oklahoma Hero and his family that gave the ultimate sacrifice, so we [all] can be safe,” the company said in an email to News 4.
Organizers say the Pie Five Pizza Co. restaurants in Moore, Edmond, Tulsa, Yukon and Stillwater will all be participating in the fundraising event.