2019 Tulsa Police and Firefighter of the year - Khara Rogers and Kelly Meeks
Khara has been serving the Tulsa Police Department for over five years. Her father was a police officer in her hometown of Norman and she was heavily influenced by a police officer when she witnessed the impact she had on their community. She observed how Safety Town Norman educated young children about bicycle, street and personal safety.
When the Tulsa Police Activities League (PAL) position was announced, she immediately applied knowing it was exactly what she had dreamed of doing. PAL is a citywide crime prevention program designed to build positive relationships between youth, police officers and the community. Recreational, educational, enrichment and mentoring programs are offered to youth ages 7 to 17, at no cost to participants. her accomplishments in building this program have surpassed all expectations.
She was given the “pink police car” due to her work ethic, visibility and positive reputation and she oftentimes displays the car off duty to generate conversations with the youth and public.
Firefighter Kelly Meeks
Kelly has served as a firefighter/medic for the Tulsa Fire Department for over 11 years. She is located at Station #31 next to the Tulsa International Airport. She also does shifts at Station #51 on airport property, where she is undergoing FAA Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighter training (ARFF).
Kelly received her Human Nutrition degree from OSU, but her true calling was to help others, which led her to become a firefighter/medic.
She has been a classroom and projects volunteer at the Little Light House for several years. Both her young daughters attended classes so special needs children have the opportunity to engage their typical peers. Typical children encourage children with disabilities, while at the same time modeling age-appropriate behavior.
Kelly also is a regular Meals on Wheels volunteer. She delivers much more than a nutritious meal to homebound seniors- she is also delivering wellness checks and caring contact.