(Cushing, Okla.) A swearing-in and pinning ceremony was held at the Cushing Public Safety Center Wednesday, Jan. 16th at 2 p.m. for three of Cushing’s newest police officers: Officer Matthew Hensley, Officer Frank Edwards and Officer Garvis Thomas.
The officers were sworn in by the honorable Judge William Ahrberg. Their wives, Yuka Hensley, Kristie Edwards, and Samantha Thomas, were there to pin on their badges, #16, #17, #18, respectively. Chaplain Steve Orton gave a brief word of prayer following the swearing-in ceremony.
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Meet the Officers:
Officer Matthew Hensley grew up in Prague, OK and spent six years in the US Air Force. He is married to Yuka and they have a daughter and a son, Miya and Noah. Officer Hensley noted his grandfather was a police officer and that it has been his desire to be in law enforcement since he was a small child. In his spare time he enjoys hiking and fishing.
Officer Frank Edwards is from the Stillwater, OK area. He spent time serving in the Oklahoma National Guard before turning to a career in law enforcement. He is married to Kristie, dispatcher for OSU Police Department, and they have one daughter Cordelia. Officer Edwards said he is excited about being a part of Cushing PD and looks forward to serving the community.
Officer Garvis Thomas grew up in Depew, OK. He and his wife Samantha were high school sweethearts and met at the Rock Cafe in her hometown of Stroud. The couple dated for 10 years before getting married three years ago. They have two children, Nora and Henry. Before coming to Cushing PD, Officer Thomas spent several years in law enforcement for the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department.
All three of the new officers said they chose to apply be a police officer for the Cushing PD because of the department’s well-respected reputation and the size and type of the community.