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Hero Down: Collinsville Police Department Reserve Officer Douglas ‘Chad’ Goodner Dies In Crash

Afton, OK – Collinsville Police Department (CPD) Reserve Officer Douglas “Chad” Goodner died in a car wreck while off duty on June 7.

The 48-year-old reserve officer was traveling along 200 Road near Afton in a Ford Explorer with 59-year-old William McWhirt and another passenger when they collided with a GVM Prowler tractor at approximately 11:30 a.m., KTUL reported.

Reserve Officer Goodner and McWhirt both suffered massive injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene.

The other passenger in their vehicle was transported to the hospital and was expected to make a full recovery, KTUL reported.

The driver of the tractor was uninjured in the collision, police said.

The investigation into the exact cause of the fatal crash remains ongoing, KTUL reported.

“The Collinsville Police Department suffered a great loss,” the agency said in a Facebook post one day after Reserve Officer Goodner’s tragic death.

He served the CPD as a full-time officer for eight years before deploying to Afghanistan in 2010 with the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Battalion, 279th Infantry regiment.

Reserve Officer Goodner later earned a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and licensed professional counseling before returning to the CPD as a reserve officer in 2019, KTUL reported.

“He dedicated his life to family, public service, and helping the mentally ill,” the CPD said.

He also spent time serving as a detention officer and reserve deputy with the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office in the 1990s, KOKI reported.

Reserve Officer Goodner leaves behind his wife, Gwen, and his children, Barnes, Kyle, Caleb, and Lillian, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his father, Clay, many friends, “and a host of brothers and sisters in law enforcement,” the tribute read.

Reserve Officer Goodner was laid to rest on Monday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Collinsville Police Department Reserve Officer Douglas “Chad” Goodner, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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