Highway dedication for fallen Trooper Nicholas Dees unveiled August 11, says DPS

Posted at 6:53 PM, Aug 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-11 15:49:13-04

SHAWNEE, Okla. – Family, friends and troopers gathered in memory of the late Trooper Nicholas Dees on Thursday.

A highway dedication was held at the Gordon Cooper Technology Center at 11 a.m. on Thursday, reports the Department of Public Safety (DPS).

Memorial Highway signs will be placed on Interstate 40 at mile marker 190 in Pottawatomie County and mile marker 200 in Seminole County, says DPS.

Because of high traffic in that area, DPS says, the ceremony was not be held at the memorial site.

Trooper Dees was killed on January 31, 2015while on duty east of Shawnee on Interstate 40. Dees, along with Trooper Keith Burch, were investigating a semi truck crash when a driver struck them. OHP says the driver was using his cellphone and became distracted when he hit the troopers.

Trooper Burch was seriously injured during the incident but survived, says OHP.