Saturday, October 24, 2015, the OSU Homecoming parade and Stillwater, Oklahoma, landed in the unenviable public spotlight after this small college town experienced the tragic loss of four precious lives. Witnesses, first responders, victims, and their families, share untold stories uncovering a common thread of hope, weaving inspiration into the fabric of a community all too experienced in dealing with pain.
Named after his uncle who died in an airplane crash, author D. Scott Petty, discovered inspirational connections from the most unsettling events, in the most unsuspecting places.
All book profits will help fund and create awareness for the construction of the Stillwater Strong Memorial and all remaining profits will go towards the Stillwater Medical Center and other for-benefit Stillwater organizations.
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Inspired by an unforgettable interaction 25 years earlier, this story is about connecting charitable passions and a community's need. The Oklahoma State University family has experienced multiple public tragedies, and from them an undeniable culture of compassion has evolved. In “Stillwater Strong,” Petty writes about events before, during and after, the OSU Homecoming crash in 2015. This was just one of many events that put the story of survival and resilience into motion. A story that inspires making a difference and paying it forward, Stillwater Strong highlights the tight-knit community at OSU that finds light in darkness, all while defining the meaning of being “Loyal and True.”
"I believe you'll enjoy reading these inspiring stories that Scott has compiled of those who helped before, during and after our 2015 Homecoming Tragedy."
- Mike Gundy
OSU Head Football Coach
"You'll be touched by the acts of service from college students, volunteers, first responders, and so many who reached out from coast-to-coast in a time of need, proving once again, that no matter how far you go, you'll always call OSU home."
- Angela Courtin
Global Head of YouTube TV
and Originals Marketing
"The positive impact the Stillwater Strong book will have on this community and those affected will endure for years to come."
- Tom Bradley
Chief, Stillwater Fire Department
"I am blown away by the book, Stillwater Strong, Loyal and True. Not only was it informative but it was written with terrific passion. Great, great job!"
- Gary Sparks, Architect -Stillwater Strong Memorial
"From his long-ago meeting with Rosa Parks to the Epilogue's end, Scott's engaging story of goodness and compassion is uplifting."
- Scott Hendricks
Executive Vice President,
Warner Music Group
WHERE TO BUY
Stillwater Strong - LOYAL and TRUE is available for purchase at Chris' University Spirit, Hall of Fame Book Trader, the OSU Student Store, and Bliss Books and Bindery in Stillwater, Oklahoma, or online by clicking one of their links above.
Thanks to you the sale of this book has contributed nearly $8,000 for the construction of the Stillwater Strong Memorial. All future book profits are being donated to help fund other Stillwater non-profits. Your generous support of Stillwater is truly appreciated.
Oklahoma State University- home of America’s Greatest Homecoming. Every year in Stillwater, Oklahoma, thousands gather from all over to celebrate the school’s homecoming traditions. One of the biggest events during the 10-day celebration is the Sea of Orange Parade that takes place the Saturday morning of the Homecoming game. On October 24, 2015, as the annual parade came to a close, a woman drove into the crowd of spectators, killing 4 and injuring 50. Once again facing tragedy, the Stillwater community came together to unite, rebuild and restore what was lost resulting in the mantra, Stillwater Strong.
Petty grew-up in the rural panhandle town of Guymon, Oklahoma. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1988 with a BS in Journalism, Public Relations. He served as the OSU Mascot, "Pistol Pete," from 1985-87. Scott and his wife, Gerri have two adult children, Catherine and William. Scott's 30-year career has been dedicated almost exclusively to healthcare and nonprofits. He has served as President of the Stillwater Public Education Foundation, the Saville Child Advocacy Center, and the Friends of Oklahoma Music / the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, in Muskogee OK. He presently serves on the board of directors for the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce and is the Executive Director of the Stillwater Medical Foundation.
In January 2019, Petty was recognized for his philanthropic and community involvement by being named the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, Citizen of the Year.
D. Scott Petty
The inspiration behind this memorial is to dedicate a symbolic remembrance which stands the test of time while honoring the victims and their families even 100 years from now. It should compel us to love our neighbors and it should remind us to step forward to help like so many citizens, students, alumni, and first responders did in those urgent seconds and life-saving minutes following the crash.