Survivors and friends gather for Edmond Post Office massacre anniversary
EDMOND — Survivors and family members of the Aug. 20, 1986, Edmond Post Office massacre attended a memorial service marking the 30th anniversary.
Emotions surfaced for many who attended the ceremony Saturday at the permanent memorial at the post office, where 14 co-workers were killed, six others injured and the gunman, former employee Patrick H. Sherrill, killed himself.
Wreaths, seven with pink flowers for the women who were killed, and seven with blue flowers for the men who were killed, were placed in front of their names on the memorial fountain.
Balloons with the victims' names attached were released during the ceremony organized by Herb Rettke, a postal carrier at the time of the shootings.
Rettke was talking on the telephone to Rick Esser, his supervisor, when Esser was shot and killed. Esser was the first victim to be killed.
Rettke and former Mayor Carl Reherman spoke at the ceremony. Reherman was mayor when the shootings took place.
A reception was held at the Edmond Fine Arts Center, where people could visit and view a photography exhibit.
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote the original stories about the... Read more ›