Terrance Yeakey

Terrance Yeakey (November 9, 1965 – May 8, 1996) was an American police officer. Yeakey, a sergeant in the Oklahoma City Police Department (OCPD), was one of the first responders at the site of the Oklahoma City bombing, rescuing at least four people. He died a year after his rescue service; Yeakey was found to have committed suicide.[1][2]

Terrance Yeakey
Born(1965-11-09)November 9, 1965
DiedMay 8, 1996(1996-05-08) (aged 30)
Cause of deathGunshot
OccupationPolice sergeant
Known forRescue activities at OKC bombing

Biography

Terrance Yeakey was born on November 9, 1965. After school years he served in the military and spent time in Saudi Arabia. He joined the OCPD in 1989.[3]

Yeakey played a major role in the rescue and recovery operations following the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995 in Oklahoma City. Yeakey was the first to arrive on the scene that day and saved the lives of four or more people.[2][4]

In honor of his heroic service, Yeakey was scheduled to receive the Medal of Valor from the OCPD a year after the bombing, on May 11, 1996.[3]

Death

Three days before he was meant to receive the honors, however, on May 8, 1996, Yeakey committed suicide.[2][4] Yeakey was discovered dead in a field near his hometown, El Reno.[2] Yeakey's death was ruled a suicide.[1][4] No suicide note was found. A friend, fellow officer Jim Ramsey, speculated that he might have been driven by guilt over the bombing rescue for his inability to save more people, and his despondency over a troubled family life – he had recently been barred from seeing his two young daughters by his ex-wife.[2][5]

References

  1. ^ a b "Nation IN BRIEF : OKLAHOMA : Officer in Bombing Rescue Found Dead". Los Angeles Times. May 10, 1996. Archived from the original on April 24, 2021. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e Serrano, Richard A. (April 27, 1999). "Oklahoma Bombing: Toll Keeps Climbing". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on January 10, 2023. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  3. ^ a b "Terrance E "Terry" Yeakey Obit". www.okcemeteries.net. Archived from the original on April 24, 2021. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c Associated Press (May 11, 1996). "A Policeman Who Rescued 4 in Bombing Kills Himself". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on March 18, 2020. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  5. ^ "Reluctant Hero of the Oklahoma City Bombing Commits Suicide". AP NEWS. Archived from the original on April 21, 2021. Retrieved April 21, 2021.