Thunder, Devon Energy to Honor OCPD Officer

OKLAHOMA CITY, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2010 – A 27-year old Oklahoma City police officer who survived being shot six times in an intense gun battle last summer is the recipient of the January Devon Energy Community Hero Award, presented by the Thunder. Officer Katie Lawson will be honored during Thursday night’s game vs. the Orlando Magic.

On the night of August 29th, 2010, Officer Lawson was assisting in a DUI stop in northwest Oklahoma City. As she was working the case, she was met with a hail of bullets from an AR-15 assault rifle. Wounded and armed only with her pistol, she managed to return fire, force the gunman to retreat and call for help to apprehend her assailant. Three suspects await trial in connection with the shooting. Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty calls it the most heroic police work he has seen in more than 30 years on the force.

“We are proud to partner with the Thunder to recognize Officer Lawson,” said Wendi Schuur, Devon’s director of Public and Community Affairs. “Devon’s corporate values are centered on integrity and always doing the right thing. It’s clear that Officer Lawson displays those qualities and we are honored to recognize her and other community heroes who go above and beyond to make our communities stronger.

Chief Citty will join Devon Energy and the Thunder in honoring Officer Lawson on the court at the end of the first quarter on Thursday.

Created in 2008, the Devon Community Hero Award, presented by the Thunder, is designed to honor outstanding Oklahomans who are making a significant difference in their community through their personal contributions of time, talent and/or finances. The program strives to recognize a wide diversity of people, from well-known Oklahomans to everyday heroes, highlighting the unique contributions they’ve made. For a list of previous honorees, visit the Community section of thunder.nba.com.