A memorial highway dedication ceremony is scheduled Friday in Asher to unveil signs to honor and remember two Pottawatomie County sheriff’s deputies killed in the line of duty nearly one year ago.
Reserve Deputies Tim Lowry and Mike Roberts, who were traveling together in a patrol car while serving warrants, died Sept. 30, 2011, in a traffic accident along SH 39 in south Pottawatomie County.
At 2 p.m. Friday, a dedication ceremony for the Tim Lowry and Mike Roberts Memorial Highway will be held in front of Asher City Hall.
The signs unveiled at that ceremony will be placed along SH 39 to officially name the stretch of roadway between Konawa and Asher as a memorial highway for the deputies.
District 3 Pottawatomie County Commissioner Eddie Stackhouse said one sign will be in Asher for eastbound traffic on SH 39 and the other will be for westbound traffic from Konawa.
“They’ll always be in our memory and that’s a great way to show it,” Stackhouse said about the memorial highway. Doing so also honors their service to Pottawatomie County, he said.
Stackhouse and District 1 County Commissioner Melissa Dennis purchased the signs through the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, so ODOT crews will install both signs and handle all future upkeep, Stackhouse said.
State Rep. Josh Cockroft and Sheriff Mike Booth also worked to have the memorial highway named in honor of the deputies, Stackhouse added.
Lowry and Roberts were remembered earlier this year when their names were added to the state’s Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial in Oklahoma City as well as the national memorial in Washington D.C.
In Pottawatomie County, efforts also are underway to build a county law enforcement memorial at the courthouse to honor Lowry and Roberts, as well as 15 other law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty in this area since the late-1800s.
Once completed, that memorial wall will be placed on the lawn in front of the Pottawatomie County courthouse in Shawnee.