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Lieut James Pat Grimes

Lieut James Pat Grimes

Death 26 May 1978 (aged 36)
Caddo, Bryan County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Sand Springs, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, USA
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In what has been described as the darkest day in the annuals of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, 3 troopers were slain on May 26, 1978, in 2 separate shootouts with two escaped Oklahoma State Prison convicts. The shootout happened in the Caddo-Kenefic area of Bryan County Oklahoma.

2nd Lieutanant James "Pat" Grimes

Badge #88

November 25, 1941
May 26, 1978

Joined the Oklahoma Highway Patrol in 1966.

You may go to this site to read more stories on the shootings and murders from these convicts and the heroism of many highway patrolmen and officers that covered Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, and Mississippi.

A memorial service for 3 Oklahoma Highway Patrolmen, Pat Grimes, Houston "Pappy" Summers, and Billy G. Young, who died near Caddo on Friday while trying to stop 2 killers, will be held at 2:00pm Sunday at the State Capitiol Building in Oklahoma City.

Their bodies will lie in State from 9:00am - 4:00pm in the Capitol Rotunda, attended by honor guard of fellow patrolmen.

Gov. David Boren proclaimed a week of mourning for the fallen officers and ordered flags flown at half staff.

A service for Lt. Grimes, attatched to the patrol's internal affairs division, will be at 10:00am Monday at the First Baptist Church of Moore, Oklahoma.

Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery at Sand Springs, Oklahoma where he was once stationed during his 12-year OHP career.

Lt. Grimes is survived by his wife Kay and a daughter, Traci Lyn - age 3.

"It's only the inspiration of those who die that makes those who live realize what constitutes a useful life"
~Will Rogers~

"I would not attempt to beguile you from the agony of a grief so overwhelming, but cannot help but remind you of a solemn pride that must be yours to have lain so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom"
~Abraham Lincoln~





  • Created by: Susie~In Loving Memory~
  • Added: 20 May 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 37291048
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut James Pat Grimes (25 Nov 1941–26 May 1978), Find A Grave Memorial no. 37291048, citing Woodland Memorial Park Cemetery, Sand Springs, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Susie~In Loving Memory~ (contributor 46828947) .