Hundreds gather to remember the service and legacy of fallen Okla. Sgt. Meagan Burke
"She found her people. She found her purpose," wrote one family member
Duty Death: Meagan Burke - [Oklahoma City, Oklahoma]
End of Service: 09/29/2022
By Ashley Silver
OKLAHOMA CITY — Hundreds attended a memorial service last week for fallen Oklahoma Sergeant Meagan Burke, who was killed when a car crossed the median and collided with her vehicle causing a head-on collision. She was on her way home from work when the accident occurred.
During her memorial service, many reflected on her impact and tireless dedication to serve. According to Yahoo News, Burke was extremely active in the community, volunteering with the department's Youth Leadership Academy. Fellow officers said Burke never missed a class or event. She would give the students rides, and work with them on weekends and her days off.
"I firmly believe that Sgt. Meagan Burke was given a servant's heart, but she was a warrior," retired Oklahoma Police Department chaplain Greg Giltner said at Burke’s funeral.
Glitner also read statements from Burke’s family during the service.
"She found her people. She found her purpose," a letter written by Burke's aunt said.
Burke was born in California, raised in Colorado, and moved to Oklahoma to attend the University of Central Oklahoma, where she was a goalie on the soccer team.
She’d been a member of the Oklahoma Police Department since May 2016, where she began as a patrol officer for the Springlake Division before transferring to the highway interdiction unit. She’d recently returned to patrol as a field training officer before her untimely death.
Yahoo News reports hundreds gathered at Southern Hills Baptist Church in Oklahoma City to provide Burke with a heartfelt sendoff including friends and members of the family, who were escorted into the sanctuary by bagpipers, drummers and members of the honor guard.