Police Officer Michael Ross Okelberry

Police Officer Michael Ross Okelberry

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, May 6, 1990

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Michael Ross Okelberry

Police Officer Michael Okelberry and Police Officer Thomas Burchfield were killed when their patrol car was struck head-on by a pickup truck traveling in the wrong direction.

Officer Okelberry had served with the Dallas Police Department for one year. He is survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 6007

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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I still miss my brother to this day.
He was only 2 years older than me, so we could talk about life and the things going on in our lives.

I still remember my last visit with him just before he was killed.
We spent time fishing in his boat on the lake and racing it back to the dock when we finished fishing... I spent the night with him and his family and we talked on the porch for hours into the late evening early morning.
He drove my new car (Firebird) and said we would get back together in 2 weeks so he could meet my new girl friend and now wife...(but this would be the last time we were together, he was taken from us soon after my visit).

He loved hunting and fishing. He was the one that would catch all the fish on one side of the boat and when you switched with him, he would catch them on the other side of the boat. The same with hunting, how he always came back with a deer, squirrels, or whatever he was hunting, I will never know... Even got deer with a bow and arrow setup...

He loved sports too. He played starting varsity fullback and defensive middle linebacker all 4 years of high school.
He was tough and dedicated to the things he loved to do.

I always said that he lived life to the fullest and accomplished a lot in the short 28 years he was with us. But, now that I am older, I feel he really missed out on a lot life has to offer as we go through adulthood and grow older.
I miss Mike and think of him everyday.
It wasn't fair that he was taken from us in 1990.

It makes me proud to see people still remember Mike and take the time to write a reflection here.
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers for Mike and our family.
I never get over it, I never forget, I just live with the loss of my brother in hope and faith the I will see him again someday.
I love you Mike!


January 3, 2018

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