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Stillwater Police Will Raffle A One-Of-A-Kind Painting to Raise Money For Victims Of Oct. 24 Tragedy


(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA  Nov. 4, 2015)  When police officers are called to the scene, they do what needs to be done.

But later, when reflecting on the scope of the Oct. 24 tragedy, Stillwater police officers realized they wanted to do more.

“These guys are doers,” said Lt. Dale Higgins. “You put them in a room, and they immediately began to execute a plan for an idea that has barely formed.”

The officers wanted to raise funds for the victims’ families. But what?

Higgins said, “We evaluated our strengths, and since we have a talented artist on staff we knew he could do an awesome piece of art.”

Beginning today, the Stillwater Police Department is raffling a one-of-a-kind painting honoring those affected by the crash.

Officer Trevor Meridith was selected to create the painting, which is on a heart-shaped frame that was designed and crafted by local carpenter Steve Axtell.

Higgins said, “Steve was instrumental in the project. He donated his time and supplies and quickly completed the task.”

Meridith said, “I was inspired by the compassionate responses of the citizens who stepped up to care for victims as the first responders made their way to the scene. The courage, the selflessness and the determination from our residents was overwhelming.”

Meridith’s design includes the OSU logo and the words “Stillwater Strong” on a blue background.

Higgins said some of the officers have unofficially named it “Pete’s Healing Heart.”

“We are grateful for OSU’s support in allowing us to use their logo as well as the support from the City of Stillwater’ leadership team,” Higgins said.

To purchase raffle tickets, officers will be in areas around town beginning Friday, Nov. 6 at Downtown Stillwater’s Fridays, Food Trucks and Tunes event about 7-9 p.m. Officers will also be at Eskimo Joe’s Saturday, Nov. 7 from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Residents can purchase tickets for $5 each.

“We chose to work with the Stillwater Medical Center because 100 percent of donations go directly to the families,” Higgins added.

To donate to Stillwater Medical Center Foundation’s #StillwaterStrong fund, go to <>.

The Stillwater Police will post to its Facebook page at <> when and where officers will be so residents can purchase raffle tickets. Officers are volunteering their time to make appearances to sell the tickets.

The raffle drawing will be held Friday, Dec. 18. Details will be posted on the SPD Facebook page and on the City’s website at Check routinely for appearances.

For more information or for questions about purchasing raffle tickets, contact Higgins at or 405-742-8323.


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