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Officer Fabrienne M. Van Arsdell

Officer Fabrienne M. Van ArsdellDied July 25, 1981 when her patrol car was rammed from behind by a drunk driver. She stopped a drunk driver at 6300 S. Lewis Avenue. While she was sitting in her car running a records check,  another drunk driver drove into the rear of her patrol car.  The force of the collision caused the doors of the police car to jam, pinning her in the car. The car then burst into flames.
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#5 Monica Crow 2014-10-06 18:25
I was in the academy in 1989 and this sad incident was part of our training.
Not one TPD officer, I believe, doesn't know the story of how this went down.
Hard to believe its been that long.
I can't drive down south Lewis without thinking of her.

I didn't know you personally Sam but you affected my life.

Rest Conrad, job well done.
Monica Crow
#4 Rebecca Anderson 2014-07-25 12:15
I remember when this happened. It was so sad then, and even now, still is. Her sacrifice will always be a reminder of how fragile life is. God bless her family.
#3 Rhonda trekell bays 2014-07-25 08:41
This occurred before I joined TPD. Because of this my FTO and long time partner taught me to pop open my unit door just enough so that if we struck from behind we could get out.
Fortunately neither if us needed this life Saving technique but I sure felt her spirit protect me while we were stopped!
#2 Kayla Larkin 2014-05-12 17:23
Sam was a friend of my mom's. She had thought about naming me Fabrienne and had that written in my baby book. Years later when I was pregnant with my beautiful daughter I can across the most beautiful name, Fabrienne. My daughter Fabrienne Mackenzie Hogue was born January, 15th 2004. Gone but not forgotten!
#1 Sammie Gregory 2013-05-12 11:27
Sam, was a wonderful person, an awesome friend I miss her to this
day. I'll never forget the way I felt when I found out that
she was gone. The Tulsa Police Department lost one of the best female officers to ever serve. I cried for her then, I still grieve for her loss. I know she is heaven having a blast. I miss you Sam

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