The Edmond Sun
An Edmond church will host a wake and funeral service for a beloved Oklahoma City police officer.
Oklahoma City Police Capt. Dexter Nelson said at about 5:34 p.m. Sunday Oklahoma City Police Officer Chad Peery and his family were involved in a one car accident eastbound on I-40, near mile marker 198, in Seminole County.
Peery was off-duty at the time traveling in a 2008 handicapped equipped Ford van that was driven by a caretaker, Nelson said. The accident appears to have been caused by a blown tire, Nelson said. The vehicle left the roadway and rolled several times ejecting occupants as it rolled down an embankment.
All injured occupants were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries, Nelson said. Peery was listed in extremely critical condition; one daughter was listed in critical condition and three other children were listed in stable condition, Nelson said.
At about 12:18 p.m. Monday, Peery died as a result of the injuries suffered during the accident, Nelson said.
“The Peery family and his Oklahoma City Police family wish to thank everyone for their concerns, support, prayers and well wishes throughout Chad’s initial injury in February of 2011 and for this latest tragedy,” Nelson said. “Our thoughts and prayers are now with his four children who are recovering from the accident that took their father’s life.”
Nelson said the Peery family is asking for privacy until such time as they are able to make a public statement.
“The Police Department has lost a valued brother, and partner,” Nelson said. “The community lost a public servant and a hero.”
Nelson said Peery continues to serve the public and his fellow man through organ donation.
A wake for Peery will begin at 7:30 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church of Edmond, located at 9th Street and Boulevard. Peery’s funeral, which will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday also at St. Johns, will not be open to the general public, Nelson said.
Due to the size of the venue and the large number of those wishing to attend, the family has requested that those entering the church service be limited to family, co-workers, and close friends, Nelson said.
Others in attendance are welcome to remain outside, Nelson said. The wake is also limited to family, co-workers and close family friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donation be made to the Chad Peery Foundation at any Federal Aviation Administration Credit Union metro location.
Peery was born Dec. 6, 1976 in Oklahoma City. He graduated from Mount St. Mary High School and Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, according to his obituary. He started his career as a financial advisor for Edward Jones in Stigler. During this time, he began working as a Haskell County volunteer reserve officer in his spare time. Later, Peery became the chief finance officer for a state-operated health clinic in Stigler and continued with his volunteer work.
Peery followed his true calling to serve the community when he graduated from the Oklahoma City Police Department Police Academy in 2008. He performed at a very high level until he was injured in the line of duty in 2011, family members stated.
“Even in death Chad continued to help others by being an organ donor,” family members stated. “Chad was an extraordinary father, son, brother, officer and friend as well as an inspiration to all who knew him.”