According to a press release from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Col. Ricky Adams, Chief of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, has announced that Lt. Heath Meyer #64 has passed away.
Meyer sustained critical injuries on July 14 when he was struck by another vehicle while outside his patrol car during a pursuit, and has been hospitalized since. He succumbed to his injuries just before midnight on July 24. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Meyer is the 36th OHP Trooper who has died in the line of duty.
“For more than 80 years the OHP has provided an unmatched commitment to duty, sacrifice and dedication to service above self,” Adams said. “Lt. Meyer led from the front and served as a superb example for his family, friends, partners and the public. His life stands as a testament to the OHP’s passionate commitment to protecting Oklahomans.”
Meyer, 43, was a graduate of the 55th OHP academy in 2005. He was promoted to Lieutenant in February of 2014 and was assigned to Troop A in Oklahoma City.
“Heath Meyer was an example for all of us of how to serve with humility and grace,” said DPS Commissioner Michael C. Thompson. “I have a tremendous amount of admiration and appreciation for his faithful service to Oklahoma. We will all miss him.”
Meyer is survived by his wife, Missy, and two daughters: Isabelle, 15, and Lily, 10.
Adams said he is very appreciative of the support and prayers offered for the Meyer family and for OHP during this time.