Deputies and family members of two Pottawatomie County sheriff’s deputies killed in 2011 are among those planning to run in a 5K race in April to benefit the Oklahoma Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors, also known as OKCOPS.
OKCOPS provides support for families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
Deputies Mike Roberts and Tim Lowry were killed while on duty in 2011 when their patrol car collided with a tractor-trailer rig east of Asher.
Roberts’ sister, Margaret Mocabee, said members of the two families, along with friends, are participating in the run for the COPS organization on April 13.
“The Oklahoma COPS sponsors this run to raise money for the Oklahoma families that have lost an officer the previous year,” she said, adding the money raised helps sponsor the families on a trip to Washington, DC for National Police Week for the annual memorial service and other festivities.
“Until Mike and Tim were killed I did not even know about the COPS program and never knew that any program existed let alone National Police Week,” Mocabee said. “I had no idea that the memory of my brother and Tim would continue to live on and we would be able to honor their lives in this way and still support others that have given their lives by helping their families.”
Mocabee said she felt that it was very important after having been a recipient in their time of need to give back to others by participating in this run.
“I have tried to encourage all of the Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office and my family and friends to participate,” she said, adding their team is running under the name of “Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office.”
Mocabee said team members include family and friends of the Lowry family and Roberts family as well as deputies from the sheriff's office and several officers from the Shawnee Police Department who are planning to walk or run in the event.
The 11th annual run/walk for the Thin Blue Line benefiting OKCOPS is scheduled 9 a.m. April 13 in Stillwater. Those wanting to run can register online at www.GetMeRegistered.com/ThinBlueLine. Cost to enter is $25 before March 30. Those wanting to run with the local team can register with the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office.
Anyone with information or needing more information can contact Mocabee at 303-2500 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.