Chickasaw Lighthorse Police Officers Michael Brown, Sara Miller, and Kyler Truett were recently honored at the 107th Annual Oklahoma Sheriff and Peace Officers Association (OSPOA) Training Conference. Officers were unable to attend the ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so OSPOA visited and presented the Medals of Valor at the Chickasaw Lighthorse Police Department Headquarters in Ada.
Constables Miller, Truett and Brown each received the medal for their actions during an incident in Garvin County where they helped rescue an elderly woman in a wheelchair during an incident where shots were fired .
The response to the incident was a joint effort between the Chickasaw Lighthorse Nation Police Department and the Garvin County Sheriff’s Office.
“It was great working alongside the Garvin County MPs,” said Officer Miller. âEveryone communicated clearly and worked well together to keep everyone involved safe, which is all you can ask for in a situation like this. “
OSPOA, an organization of law enforcement professionals established in 1914, represents all branches of law enforcement, including municipal, county, state, federal, and tribal organizations.
âIt feels good to be recognized (by the OSPOA), but I don’t feel like we did something that any other officer wouldn’t have done in this situation. We were in the right place at the right time, âConstable Truett said.
OSPOA’s annual training conference provides officers with the most comprehensive and up-to-date training program for law enforcement professionals and features the largest law enforcement trade show in the state. The training conference hosts the most well-known law enforcement awards ceremony in the state of Oklahoma.
Constable Truett is a citizen of Chickasaw and a four year veteran of the Chickasaw Lighthorse Police Department. Having started his career in the WinStar neighborhood of the Chickasaw Nation, he now works in the Ada neighborhood.
Raised in Ada, Oklahoma, Truett began his law enforcement career eight years ago with the Konawa Police Department in Konawa, Oklahoma. He was also a deputy in the Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Office.
âI love being a Lighthorse officer,â Truett said. âBeing able to work for my people is one of the best things I can do to give back to my tribe. I can’t see myself doing anything else.
Truett and his fiancÃ©e, Karlie Pogue, have three sons and a daughter.
Officer Miller is also from Ada and currently resides in Sulfur, Oklahoma. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BA in Criminology in 2013 and an MA in Human Relations in 2017.
“The Chickasaw Nation has played a major role in making me who I am today by allowing me to participate in many camps and activities as a child, as well as providing me with many incredible opportunities. education and employment, âConstable Miller said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to give back to the community that has poured so much into me and my life.”
Agent Miller is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. She worked for Lighthorse for six years, two as an executive assistant to the commissioner of the Chickasaw Lighthorse Police Department and four as a patrol officer. Previously assigned to the Newcastle district, she is now stationed in the Ada district. She says her current role gives her strength in everything she does.
“I grew up obsessed with police shows and loved the way most of them portrayed policewomen as strong and confident, while allowing them to be also compassionate and kind,” the officer said. Miller. âWomen in law enforcement are increasingly common; However, we are still extremely outnumbered than our male counterparts. I believe women have a unique approach to law enforcement in the way we think, communicate and operate that makes us equally valuable to our departments. “
Miller was surprised that his actions caught the attention of the OSPOA.
“It is definitely an unexpected honor to be recognized by such a well-known organization,” she said. “I didn’t even know we were nominated for anything, so being recognized by the organization means a lot.”
Although he is no longer a Chickasaw Lighthorse police officer, Michael Brown has been recognized for his actions while he was a Lighthorse officer. He resigned from the Chickasaw Lighthorse Police Department to accept a position with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Police Academy.