Airport Veterans Lounge Named for Fallen Officer

Mayor Kathy Taylor joined Tulsa Police Chief Ron Palmer and representatives of the U.S. Marine Corps at Tulsa International Airport, where the airport’s veterans lounge and resource center has been expanded and dedicated in the name of Jared Shoemaker: The Jared Shoemaker Military & Veterans Center.
Shoemaker was a Tulsa Police officer and a Marine Corps Reserve member called to active duty in Iraq. In September of 2006 Shoemaker was killed in Iraq when a bomb detonated beneath his vehicle.
“Corporal Shoemaker was a beloved brother, son, Tulsan and Marine who gave his last full measure of devotion to this nation’s liberty with honor and valor as befitting the hero he was,” said Mayor Taylor. “ It is an honor to dedicate the veterans resource center, which has served as a haven for thousands of our service members, veterans and family members, in his spirit and name.”
“The ultimate sacrifice made by Cpl. Shoemaker for his country is certainly indicative of the dedicated service he provided as well to the citizens of Tulsa while an officer of the Tulsa Police Department,” said Chief Palmer. “It is a fitting tribute to a fine young man that the Tulsa Airport’s Veteran’s Center be named in his honor.”

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