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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Relatives join 5K run in honor of fallen Pottawatomie County deputies

  • Relatives of Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Roberts, who was killed in a traffic accident last year, just returned to Oklahoma after running a 5K race in the Law Enforcement Ride and Run to Remember in Washington D.C.
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    Relatives of Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Roberts, who was killed in a traffic accident last year, just returned to Oklahoma after running a 5K race in the Law Enforcement Ride and Run to Remember in Washington D.C.
     
    Roberts’s sister, Margaret Mocabee, and her daughter, Emily, along with her nephew, Mike Roberts, who resides in Washington, D.C., ran in the race in honor of Roberts and Deputy Tim Lowry.
     
    Roberts and Lowry, both reserve sheriff’s deputies, were killed Sept. 30, 2011, when the patrol they were riding in collided with a tractor-trailer rig on SH 39 near Asher.
     
    Margaret Mocabee, who said they participated in the 5K run as a way to honor both Roberts and Lowry, said the Sunday event also was an emotional journey and a chance for healing and closure, she said.
     
    Earlier this year, the names of Lowry and Roberts were added to the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial in Oklahoma City and the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C. Sheriff Mike Booth and deputies escorted members of the both the Lowry and Roberts families to dedication ceremonies for unveiling of the names on that wall during National Police Week in May.
     
    Margaret Mocabee said the race, which includes individuals racing for loved ones, also included teams of law enforcement officers. The goal of the event is to raise money for the national memorial wall, where both of the deputy’s names are permanently memorialized.
     
    Mocabee said the race began at the wall, where she thought she could contain her emotions.
     
    But when they arrived and saw the names, “So many emotions came flooding back,” she said, as they obtained rubbing of their names from the wall to keep.
     
    And while Mocabee admits she hates running and has never been involved in such a race before, she did the race for her brother and Lowry. Mocabee said it went well, but as it all sank ink, she said she cried the last one-eighth mile as she headed back to the memorial wall.
     
    “It was emotional — one officer dies every 54 hours,” she said.
     
    The Law Enforcement Ride and Run is designed to honor the contribution and sacrifice law enforcement officers make every day and encourage community support for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
     
    In addition to registration fees, each runner has to raise $54 to commemorate the fact that an officer dies every 54 hours in America. She said they raised about $650 to contribute to the memorial fund.
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    “Everything was done in memory of Mike and Tim,” she said.
     
     
    On Nov. 18, Mocabee said they’ll also be participating in the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Blue Light Candle Ceremony to honor Roberts and Lowry .
     
    The names of the deputies, along with all other law enforcement officers killed in Pottawatomie County, also will be on a memorial being planned for the front of the Pottawatomie County courthouse. An unveiling dedication ceremony for that project, still under way, is expected sometime next month.
     
     

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