Dan Bewley, News On 6
SAND SPRINGS, Oklahoma -- An Oklahoma state trooper was remembered Saturday. Captain George Green died earlier this week. Saturday family and friends recall the family man and devoted public servant.
It was a sad day but also a celebration of life at Olivet Baptist Church in Sand Springs.
Hundreds of friends, family, fellow law enforcement officers, and emergency responders filled the church to honor Captain George Green.
Captain Green died Tuesday, one day after he was struck by a dump truck while exiting the Turner Turnpike in Sapulpa. He was less than 6 months from retiring after a 31 year career with the Oklahoma Highway patrol.
Captain Green was remembered as a noble man who loved his family and loved serving in the highway patrol. He did a number of things for OHP, from lake patrol to serving as commandant of the 48th Highway Patrol Academy.
He's survived by his wife, two sons and their wives and a one grandson. His friends and speakers at the funeral said Captain Green would do anything for his family and that he was the perfect example of what a state trooper should be.
His co-workers say he would often play practical jokes and loved to make those around him laugh. Saturday's celebration had plenty of laughs but also lots of tears.
"There was a really soft side. He loved his family. Susan, you are the love of his life," said Lt. Ron Davis of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
A memorial fund has been established in Captain Green's memory. Donations may be made to the Oklahoma State Troopers Association Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 128, Poteau, OK 74953-0128 or to Susan Green, c/o American Heritage Bank, 2 South Main, Sapulpa, OK 74066.
There are plans to install a traffic light at the intersection where the accident occurred in Sapulpa.