The Wise County community of Bridgeport is steadfastly loyal to the memory of Police Sgt. Randy White, (right) who died a year ago when his parked patrol car was rear-ended by an SUV during a high-speed chase.
Friday marks the one-year anniversary of his death.
The man who was arrested for causing the wreck, Stephen Blake York, has been jailed for the past year, awaiting trial on a charge of capital murder.
At the request of White's fellow officers, the city of Bridgeport will activate its storm sirens for one minute at 3:15 p.m. Friday to honor the 32-year-old sergeant.
The tribute, however, will be postponed if there is actual severe weather in Bridgeport. Storms are in Friday's forecast, according to the National Weather Service.
White, an Oklahoma native, was an ardent Sooners fan, and fellow members of his department honored him by putting aside their Longhorn loyalties and donning crimson "OU" ball caps through the end of the service.
His wife, Janet, said he was "a Christian first, a husband second, a daddy third and a police officer fourth."
But, she added, "He put 100 percent of himself into all four areas."
Read more about Janet and 6-year-old daughter Jadyn in this special article from the Wise County Messenger.
-- Bill Miller