Captain George Green Oklahoma Highway Patrol Oklahoma End of Watch: Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Photograph: Captain George GreenPatch image: Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma

Captain George Green
Oklahoma Highway Patrol

End of Watch: Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 56
Tour of Duty: 31 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Monday, October 25, 2010
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Captain George Green succumbed to injuries sustained the previous day when his patrol car was struck by a dump truck at the intersection of Highway 97 and Turner Turnpike in Sapulpa.
Captain Green was attempting to turn left from the Turnpike onto the highway when his patrol car was T-boned by the truck.
Captain Green had served with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for 31 years and was six months shy of retirement.

Agency Contact Information
Oklahoma Highway Patrol
3600 N. Martin Luther King Ave
PO Box 11415
Oklahoma City, OK 73136
Phone: (405) 425-2424
Please contact the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

Oklahoma Highway Patrolman Captain George Green died Tuesday, a day after he was critically injured in an accident with a dump truck while exiting the Turner Turnpike near Sapulpa.
Captain Green was taken to St. John hospital in Tulsa in serious condition, but passed away around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon. Later Tuesday his colleagues said Green’s death was a tremendous loss to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol because of the leadership he provided, and that he would be deeply missed.
"It’s devastating," said OHP Lieutenant George Brown. "Captain Green was a leader. He was a trooper commander over the entire Turner Turnpike, he had several troopers under his command. I personally worked for Captain Green for a number of years here in Tulsa."
Brown says it’s always hard losing a fellow trooper, but Captain Green was especially influential to many younger troopers.
"It’s tough," Brown said. "A mentor, he was an excellent leader, and he cultivated lots of young leaders within the Highway Patrol. Captain Green had an uncanny ability to develop young leaders."
Brown says Green had a way of making a tough job more manageable.
"He had a saying, and, you know, with this job there are lots of traumatic things that can affect a young trooper. And Captain Green always said ‘this, too, shall pass.’ And sometimes that was all you needed when you were having a bad day."
Green was a man who spent most of his life helping keep Oklahomans safe, and was just months away from some much-deserved rest and relaxation.
"He was 31 years on the Patrol, 56 years old, and slated to retire very soon…as in this next spring."
Brown says Captain George Green will be sorely missed.
"He was a great guy. A firearms instructor, he was someone who was very dedicated to his people, and he always went out of his way to make sure we were safe as well as the public."
Green is survived by his wife and two adult sons.
He is the first Oklahoma State Trooper killed in the line of duty since 2006.


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