As you remember these fallen officers, take comfort in recalling that they dedicated their lives to the same principles of honor, duty and courage that brought you to the badge. Such a life is truly rich. Take strength in knowing that when an officer falls, our resolve to serve those in need is not diminished. Our dedication to protecting those in danger is not weakened. Our commitment to remembering those with whom we shared the badge does not fade.
Godspeed, brothers and sisters. You fought the good fight. Now rest in peace…
Cause of Death: Officer Cantrell was killed when his patrol car veered off the road and rolled over. His father, Charles Cantrell, who was participating in a ride-along was also killed. The crash is still under investigation.
Date of Incident: August 1, 2005
SAPULPA, Okla. - An entire police department is in mourning following the tragic crash that killed a local officer on duty. Sadly, the officer's father was also killed. It happened shortly after midnight on Highway 66 in Sapulpa.
Authorities say the officer was speeding to a call. We're told the officer's father was on a ride-along with his son, when their cruiser was forced to veer off the road at a high speed, eventually flipping over.
Police say there was a second car involved. But, to what extent is still under investigation. In the dark, you could barely make out the silhouette of a helicopter. With no time to waste, Officer Larry Cantrell was airlifted to a Tulsa hospital.