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Hero Down: Oklahoma City PD Sgt. Meagan Burke Killed In Head-On Crash While Driving Home From Work

Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma City Police Department (OCPD) Sergeant Meagan Burke died on Sept. 29 after another driver crashed into her vehicle head-on as she was heading home from work, according to police.

The 31-year-old sergeant had just finished her shift and was on her way home when the deadly collision occurred at approximately 12:30 a.m., OCPD Captain Valerie Littlejohn told KOTV.

Sgt. Burke was traveling northbound on Interstate 44 near Southwest 44th Street when a driver traveling southbound “propelled over the center guardrail” and slammed head-on into her vehicle, the OCPD said in a press release later that morning.

The young sergeant was pronounced dead at the scene.

“We have terrible news to pass on to you,” the police department said in the press release. “Oklahoma City Police Sergeant Meagan Burke was tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident early this morning.”

The driver of the vehicle that crashed into Sgt. Burke’s car suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to the OCPD.

The investigation into the fatal collision remained ongoing.

Sgt. Burke served the OCPD for more than six years.

She graduated with Academy Class 135 and was assigned to the agency’s Santa Fe Division at the time of her death, KOKH reported.

“Meagan had a strong passion and desire to help our community by bringing her infectious smile and laughter,” OCPD said during her final radio call. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends. Your brothers and sisters in blue will take it from here. You will be greatly missed. Godspeed.”

Sgt. Burke will be laid to rest on Oct. 6, according to her obituary.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Oklahoma City Police Department Sergeant Meagan Burke, 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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