Oldest Living Retired Trooper Honored
Eighty-eight-year-old Ed Vandergrif is the oldest living retired Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper, a graduate of the first academy in 1937. He was presented commendations on the House and Senate floors of the Oklahoma Legislature today for his years of service with the patrol.
After graduating, Vandergrif was assigned to patrol in Lawton, Guthrie, Holdenville, Durant, Oklahoma City and Hugo areas throughout his career.
"The first and second academies graduated 125 men back-to-back in 1937," said First Lieutenant Stewart Meyer. "That was a small amount of troopers to cover the entire state."
Vandergrif retired in 1960. He began as a trooper assigned badge number 98, and was promoted to district lieutenant supervising the Durant area with badge number 12. He reached the rank of captain assigned badge number six, and also served as state inspector before his retirement.
"Ed is one of three troopers who are still with us from that first academy," said Meyer. "We are proud to join Representative Erwin and Senator Rabon in their recognition of him today."