Tulsa Police Department, Oklahoma • Line of Duty Death: October 28th, 2020
Tulsa Police Department Patrol Officer Jerad Matthew Lindsey passed away on October 28th, 2020 due to complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.
Lindsey was born in Wichita Falls, Texas and was raised on a farm in the small town of Grandfield, Oklahoma, on the border of Texas. Growing up with a large extended family and being raised by his single father and grandparents, he was immersed in a very hardworking, loving environment. In high school, Lindsey played football and roped in local rodeos. He also worked on his family farm taking care of horses and drove tractors during harvest, traveling all the way up to South Dakota to cut wheat. He attended Oklahoma State University where he met his wife, Jennifer. The pair were married during their senior year and graduated together in December of 2004.
Taking inspiration from his grandfather who was a tail gunner in World War II and flew with the screwball express, Lindsey knew he wanted to be a police officer from a young age and was driven to join a professionalized force. In December of 2005, he graduated from the Tulsa Police Academy. He loved everything about being a police officer, but most of all, he loved his brothers and sisters in blue. Lindsey was an avid supporter of them and made it his mission to work with the Fraternal Order of Police on legislative issues involving police officers from across the state of Oklahoma and the United States. His one and only goal was to help people and considered it a privilege to have had the opportunity to be a positive force in others’ lives. Throughout his honorable 15-year career, Lindsey won numerous lifesaving awards and commendations, including being elected Vice President of the Oklahoma Fraternal Order of Police in 2020 and appointed to the national FOP legislative committee. Additionally, the Tulsa Police Academy built a memorial for Lindsey on their grounds in 2021 and his name was placed on the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial in 2022. In October of 2020, Lindsey contracted COVID-19 while in the line of duty and passed away shortly thereafter. He was only 40 years old.
Currently, Jennifer lives in the home she and Lindsey decided to raise their boys, Jerry Lynn and Joe Don, in. Together, they love to travel and live new experiences. They have also been enjoying local hockey games and live music. In addition, Jennifer volunteers with her local chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors and serves as President of the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary Local 188 for the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, where she does community outreach and fundraising for local charities and helps Oklahoma police families in need. In the future, she is excited to pursue her dream of working for a museum as an archivist. With the help of Tunnel to Towers, Jennifer is now able to work part-time from home and spend more time with her children and their healing after their significant loss. She would like others to know that her husband gave his life to the people whom he served. His story is one of service and sacrifice and she hopes that all new police officers in Tulsa hear his story and understand there are people in this world that support them with all that they have. Lindsey’s legacy is for his story to give those new officers the strength and hope to do the impossible job that lay before them.
Tulsa Police Department Patrol Officer Jerad Matthew Lindsey leaves behind his wife, Jennifer Lindsey, his sons, Jerry Lynn and Joe Don, and his father, Max Lindsey.