Altus_Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troop M, based in Altus, unveiled a monument Friday for a fallen trooper.
Richard Oldaker was killed in 1978. He was piloting a plane on a low flying mission near Hollis, when the plane clipped a utility wire spanning a river bed and crashed. His widow, daughter, and grandchildren returned to Altus for the unveiling.
It's the 3rd monument to a trooper in their memorial plaza.
Captain Johnny Freeman said the idea for the entire memorial plaza came out of the death of Trooper Nik Green, who was killed in the line of duty in 2003. His was the first monument to be dedicated.
"We felt like we wanted to do something. We probably didn't know it at the time but we really needed to do something, we just didn't know it and the troopers came together," said Captain Freeman.
Trooper Rondal Alexander also has a monument. He was a passenger on the plane that crashed in 1978 along with Trooper Oldaker. Captain Freeman said the monuments are made possible through the generous donations of several businesses and individuals in the Altus area.