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Release Date: July 12, 2021
by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

Ardmore, Okla - Chickasaw Lighthorse police officer Brian Anderson was recently honored for his community service by being named a recipient of 97.7 KICM radio’s First Responder Award.

Officer Anderson’s wife, Lisa, secretly nominated him.

“It was a surprise to me,” Officer Anderson said. “It’s an honor, but I don’t look for recognition. I just want to be a good servant. That’s my outlook on it.”

Lisa attests to her husband’s deep humility and commitment to serving others and his Lord. In fact, she says his servant’s heart often gets him home late.

“Brian has many abilities, one being that he loves to help people,” Lisa said. “He has very many times stopped on his way home on a road near our home to help someone in distress for hours at a time either waiting for a tow truck or taking people to get gas.

“He’ll call me and let me know he’s running late. It’s things he doesn’t have to do that he never says anything about. He’s very humble. He never gets recognition for it and that’s why I nominated him. These are stories nobody ever hears because he doesn’t tell them. To him, it’s just part of it. It’s just what he’s supposed to do.”

Officer Anderson is a Chickasaw citizen whose Lighthorse career runs just a couple of months shy of the force itself, which was reconstituted in October 2004. “December of this year will be my 18th year (working with Lighthorse),” he said.

His initial duties involved patrolling the Nation’s Southern District. He currently serves in Chickasaw Nation Headquarters building.

Lisa said not long ago Brian sat with a man and wife from Tulsa on a road near their home in Johnston County as tornado-threatening weather blew overhead.

“He sat with them through the storm and helped them get a room (at a local inn).”

His first law enforcement position was in Tishomingo where he served as assistant police chief before joining Lighthorse.

Lisa says Brian’s professional courtesy is often appreciated even by those he has had to face on the other side of the law.

“I’ve had people he’s arrested come up to me and say, ‘You know, the way he treated me that night changed my life.’”

It might be said that Lisa’s life’s trajectory was also altered while Officer Anderson was performing his assigned law enforcement duties.

“We actually met because he pulled me over for speeding!” she laughed, acknowledging she had in fact been guilty.

Officer Anderson spent over two years in the U.S. Army, where an injury forced him to civilian life. “He would go back if they would let him and he would serve his country today,” Lisa said.

One of his spare time activities is teaching martial arts to area children.

“If somebody was in need even outside of police work, whether it was food or money or a ride somewhere, Brian has always been very helpful to everybody,” Lisa said.

“He doesn’t think twice about it. He’s a very godly man. He loves Jesus. He lives by that and by helping others and serving. He’s a pretty good guy. I’m very blessed to have him in my life as well,” she said.