Hero Down: Jenks Police Department Sgt. Brian Crain Dies Of Sudden Heart Attack

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Jenks Police Department Sergeant Brian Crain served his department for nearly 20 years.

Jenks, OK – Jenks Police Department (JPD) Sergeant Brian Crain died of a sudden heart attack on Feb. 23, according to his department.

The 47-year-old sergeant was rushed to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, where he was pronounced dead, according to Tulsa World.

“The Department, community, and his family are grieving the loss of a true hero today,” Jenks Police Chief Cameron Arthur said in a Facebook post. “It was an honor and privilege to work with…Sgt. Crain. He truly served his community, family, and Department with distinction and honor. He will be missed greatly.”

Sgt. Jenks was a longtime resident of the community he served, having also graduated from Jenks High School, Chief Arthur said.

He joined the JPD in 1999, and “rose through the ranks” during the two decades that followed, according to the chief.

Sgt. Jenks was also a beloved member of the community, resident Emilie Smith told KOTV.

"The thing that made him a hero was that he cared for people. He genuinely cared for people,” Smith said. “The love that they knew coming from him he shared with other people, too. And that's what makes him a hero to me, and a great man.”

Sgt. Crain leaves behind his wife, Lisa, and their sons, Hunter, Gavin, and Ethan, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his father, sister, step-sisters, aunt, and “many brothers and sisters in blue and a host of friends,” his obituary read.

“Brian will be remembered for the outstanding gentleman he was, his servant heart, laid back personality, calm demeanor, outstanding character, and overwhelming kindness,” the tribute continued. “He leaves behind many loving memories with his friends and family.”

Sgt. Crain was laid to rest on Wednesday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Jenks Police Department Sergeant Brian Crain, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

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Rest in peace, Sergeant Crain. May God comfort your family, both blood and blue. Thank you for almost 20 years of service to your community. You will be missed by many who knew and loved you. We know, however, that we will see you again someday.


My husband suffered a LODD in 2007 resulting from a sudden cardiac arrest following his daily 3 mi. jog, at work. He was 41 yrs. old, had recently completed the agency's mandated annual physical and quarterly PT tests with 100% "excellent" scores across board, including.a body fst index of 10.5%. He remained in a coma for 33 months @ home. It was really difficult for our 13 yr old daughter who couldn't/wouldn't speak his name or talk about "Dad" for 10+ years... Her suffering was and continues to be my most painful challenge. My heart breaks for this family! Sometimes it seems that "Blue Life" "line of duty deaths" are more heroic and valuable if the officer/agent goes out in a raging fire or other blaze of glory incident. I've experienced this and it hurts. Please help this widow file all necessary documents and, if applicable, be her adbocate if a DOJ PSOB claim is filed. My battle with DOJ to honor my spouse's service & sacrifice took almost 5 yrs., while I suffered a minor heart attack. Continue to love and support this family when all the hoopla has died down and no one is watching.


God speed for Officer Crane and his family. RIP

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