Family And Friends Honor OHP Trooper Killed At Broken Bow Funeral
BROKEN BOW, Oklahoma - The life an Oklahoma Highway Patrolman was remembered, Saturday.
Trooper Nicholas Dees was hit and killed last week during an accident.
Saturday friends and family held a funeral in his home town of Broken Bow.
Dees was a second generation highway patrolman. Dees had just graduated from the academy in 2013.
And Saturday his life was honored, not just in Broken Bow but all across the state.
Flags were seen flying at half-staff from the panhandle to the south east corner of Oklahoma in recognition of the day 30-year-old Trooper Nicholas Dees was laid to rest.
Dees was hit and killed the night of Jan. 31 while investigating a semi-truck accident on Interstate 40 just east of Shawnee.
He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
At his service, his wife Brandi said his lifelong dream was to be a trooper.
She also thanked her husband's fellow troopers for meeting the family's every need since his death.
His father, a retired trooper himself, spoke directly to the highway patrol while remembering his son.
"I believe that he would want each of you to know that he loved you and considered it an honor to serve beside you," said Bruce Dees, Nicholas' dad.
Authorities have identified and arrested Cushing resident Steven Wayne Clark as the driver of the vehicle that hit Dees.
Clark has since been charged with one count of first degree manslaughter.
In Dees' obituary it described him as his family will remember him, "a loving and devoted husband and father."
"Nick loved God, his family, and his profession in that order," said Bruce.
Trooper Keith Burch was also hit last week while with Trooper Dees.
Burch remained in the hospital Saturday and was able to watch Dees' funeral on a live feed.
The Seminole County District Attorney told News 9 that Clark was distracted when he hit the troopers.
But the D.A. would not go into details about the accident.