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  • Marshall County sheriff Wilder will be inducted into Hall of Fame

  • Marshall County Sheriff Robert “Bob” Wilder will be among 14 law enforcement officers inducted into the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame Sunday.

     


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  • Marshall County Sheriff Robert “Bob” Wilder will be among 14 law enforcement officers inducted into the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame Sunday.
     
    Officials said Wilder, who formerly served as chief of the Oklahoma City Police Department, was selected for the Hall of Fame because of “his total life commitment to the professionalism of law enforcement.”
     
    “It’s kind of overwhelming,” Wilder said. “Over the last 50 years, I’ve lived my dream.”
     
    The ceremony will start at 2 p.m. in the Route 66 Interpretive Center (Historic National Guard Armory) in Chandler.
     
    This is the second induction ceremony conducted by the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Museum and Hall of Fame.
     
    Wider is cited for his service to Oklahoma City, the state of Oklahoma and to the nation and his vision and leadership skills at every level.
     
    “Robert Wilder exemplifies the ideals and values of Oklahoma through his distinguished service to the citizens of Oklahoma and his exemplary level of integrity, commitment and dedication to his chosen profession serving at every level of government,” Gov. Brad Henry said.
     
    Both of Wilder’s parents were in law enforcement — his father was an Oklahoma City police officer for 35 years and his mother was Oklahoma County deputy sheriff for 26 years. His daughter, Debra is a sergeant with the Oklahoma City Police Department, and her husband, Ron Gruver, is retired from the Oklahoma Police Department and now works for the Oklahoma City Marshal’s Service.
    His son, Robert V. Wilder Jr., retired as a lieutenant with the Oklahoma City Fire Department.
     
    “My family has more than 150 years of experience in law enforcement and public service,” Wilder said.
     
    He worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a civilian after graduating from high school in Oklahoma City. He then went to work for the Oklahoma City Police Department in 1960 and retired as chief in 1990. He served on the state Alcohol Beverages Laws Enforcement Commission and has been Marshall County Sheriff since 1997.
     
    Others being inducted include:
     
    * Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves (deceased)
     
    * Capt. Sam Sixkiller (deceased)
     
    * K.O. Rayburn (deceased)
     
    * Oklahoma County Sheriff Bob Turner (deceased) 
     
    * Tulsa Police Chief Clinton Riggs (deceased)
     
    * Retired Midwest City Police Chief James “Jim” Cox ­ 
    * Chaplain Jack Poe, Oklahoma City Police Department
     
    Special Inductions
    The six women who were commissioned the first women police officers in the Oklahoma City Police Department in 1955 and established a first in Oklahoma history including
     
    * Berniece Jean Latham
    Page 2 of 2 - * Iona Fae Chapman Braswell
    * Ina May “Tiny” Miller (deceased)
    * Edna Jean Linn Armstrong (deceased)
    * Lois Faye Moore (deceased)
    * Mildred Louise Jones (deceased)
     
    A reception will follow the ceremony.
     
    Both the induction and reception are free and open to the public.
     
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