Jerad Lindsey, an active duty officer with the Tulsa Police Department and the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Tulsa's Fraternal Order Of Police, has died from complications of COVID-19.
The Tulsa Police Department confirmed Officer Lindsey's death Wednesday morning. Officer Lindsey was escorted from the Medical Examiners Office in downtown through Sand Springs to Mannford, where he lived. Dozens of officers were in the procession, which stretched more than a mile on highway 412. Lindsey had been a Tulsa officer since 2005.
"Jerad’s work with the Fraternal Order of Police on the national, state and local level was done with sincerity and a commitment to the rights of all those wearing the police uniform," wrote TPD in a statement.
Officer Jerad Lindsey is survived by his spouse, Jennifer, and two sons. He was 40 years-old.
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Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum Issued the following statement:
“My friend, Officer Jerad Lindsey, passed away today. Jerad loved the men and women of the Tulsa Police Department deeply. It drove his work as Chairman of the Fraternal Order of Police, and for him that work was not a job but a calling.
“As a friend, he could be incredibly thoughtful and more concerned for you than you might be for yourself. But if he thought you weren’t doing right by his brothers and sisters in blue, he could be an equally devoted thorn in your side. There was never any question of where he stood.
“We had been making plans for the work we would do together over the next four years to make Tulsa the best city it can be for those courageous men and women who risk their lives to keep Tulsans safe. That work - his work - will continue.
“My thoughts this morning are with his family. He loved time spent with them, and they have sacrificed much for his service to the city of Tulsa.
“I also think about our time spent together in a vigil at Saint Francis Hospital on a terrible morning this past summer, and how devastated he was by the loss of his friend Sergeant Craig Johnson. My main consolation is the thought that his friend was there today, waiting to greet him in the life that does not end.”
Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued a statement, offering his condolences on the passing of Officer Lindsey.
"Our whole state grieves the loss of Tulsa Officer Jerad Lindsey, who dedicated his life to protect and serve every Tulsan. Cindy and I pray for his family and the Tulsa family as they grieve this incredible loss. He is the second officer the Tulsa Police Department has lost this year. Our prayers are with all the men and women at TPD as they again walk through this grieving process. We will continue to pray for every Oklahoman that has been impacted or continues to face the challenges of this virus physically, emotionally, or economically. We are in this fight for each other."