MIDWEST CITY, Okla. (KFOR) – Family members and friends are working to honor the life of a fallen Oklahoma County sergeant and an injured deputy with a benefit poker run.

Last month, deputies with the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home near S.W. 78th and Youngs Blvd. to serve eviction papers.

While at the scene, officials say Benjamin Plank began shooting at the deputies.

Sgt. Bobby Swartz, a 25-year veteran of the force, was shot and killed. Deputy Mark Johns was also wounded.

Sgt. Bobby Swartz and Deputy Mark Johns
Sgt. Bobby Swartz and Deputy Mark Johns

“When Deputy Swartz got hit and went down, [Deputy Johns] tried to get on top of him and pull him out of the way. What a courageous act,” Oklahoma County Sheriff Tommie Johnson said.

Johns was shot multiple times as he tried to save his friend.

“Like I said, to give your own life for your friends…so courageous,” Johnson said. [He] jumped down to get and pull him out of the way, and in that time, he got hit himself. Truly a hero.”

Now, friends and family members are hosting a benefit poker run for Sgt. Swartz and Deputy Johns.

Registration for the poker run begins at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Crossings Community Church. The first bikes are expected to leave at 10:30 a.m.

The run will end at VFW Post 7192, located at 9500 N.E. 10th St. in Midwest City.

Organizers say there will be a barbecue, auction, and live music for entertainment.

Donations will be accepted on behalf of the families.