Raising kidney cancer awareness
in the name of retired Tulsa Police Sgt. Mike Garner
A 30-year veteran of law enforcement, Sgt. Garner retired in March of 2002 as Traffic Safety Coordinator for the Tulsa Police Department – the last half of his career devoted exclusively to traffic and child passenger safety.
A leader in his field, Dad co-founded the Oklahoma Buckledown Awards in 1993, quickly becoming the state’s largest law enforcement recognition program. That same year he joined Mary Beth Ogle, a nurse from the Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis, and Tom Hufford, a Tulsa Firefighter, in founding Safe Kids Tulsa.
Both programs would ultimately bring law enforcement, the medical community, and local government agencies together working towards a common goal – protecting Oklahoma’s children and families.
The recipient of numerous local and national awards for outstanding achievement, Dad took great personal satisfaction participating in hands-on training and leading grassroots efforts for child passenger safety. And he successfully championed legislative drives to pass Oklahoma’s seatbelt and child restraint laws.
His energy and passion were contagious and his dedication to the community was surpassed only by his love for his family. The “Seatbelt Man” as he was affectionately known will always be remembered for his tireless service and the inspiring way in which he lived. Had you met him you would have never known he battled kidney cancer for 10 years.
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The 11th Annual Michael J. Garner Renal Run™️ 5K course is a flat, fast, scenic, and USA Track & Field certified. The loop trail course starts and finishes at River West Festival Park.
River West Festival Park 2100 S Jackson Ave, Tulsa, OK 74107
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