, Muskogee, OK

December 13, 2013

Deputy is in running for Hero of the Year

Roger Posey one of eight finalists for honor

By Anita Reding
Phoenix Staff Writer

— Muskogee County Sheriff Charles Pearson describes Roger Posey as a “real gentle giant” who would be humble if he wins a contest for Hero of the Year.

Posey, a Muskogee County deputy, is a finalist in a nationwide contest by California Casualty Insurance.

Pearson, who said he is proud of Posey, also said Posey always has a smile on his face, completes his job thoroughly and “cares about people.”

Posey was selected as the Hero of the Month for September, and is now one of eight finalists for Hero of the Year, who will be selected by online voting, according to California Casualty.

Posey does not know who nominated him for the honor and was told the person wishes to remain anonymous.

“All I know is whoever nominated me knew a lot about me,” Posey said.

He was notified about the honor by email.

“I was surprised when the company notified me,” he said.

Posey received an engraved plaque for being named Hero of the Month in September, and the Hero of the Year will receive a $10,000 luxury vacation. Destination of the vacation will be chosen by the Hero of the Year.

Posey is a third-generation member of law enforcement.

“It’s kind of a family tradition,” he said. “It’s kind of in my blood.”

Posey has been a member of the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office since 2008 when he joined as a reserve officer. In 2011, he became a full-time member of the department.

If he wins the Hero of the Year award, Posey hasn’t decided where he will go on vacation.

“I haven’t thought that far ahead,” he said.

Most of Posey’s recent vacations have been at Boys State in Miami, Okla., he said. He has been involved with Boys State, an educational program of government instruction that is sponsored by the American Legion, for the past 11 years, first as a delegate and now as a volunteer who is in charge of the police academy there. Posey also encourages students to attend Boys State and often finds local businesses to provide the boys with financial support.

The insurance company’s website features stories about Posey and the other finalists.

The story states Posey has also been a volunteer firefighter and active with the American Red Cross.

Deadline to vote for California Casualty’s Hero of the Year is Dec. 30.

Reach Anita Reding at (918) 684-2903 or

What to do

The deadline to vote for Posey as Hero of the Year is Dec. 30. To vote and read Hero of the Year stories, go to