Coffee with a Cop: A Cup of Joe with Owasso’s finest leads to long-lasting friendships

By Art Haddaway, Owasso Reporter
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Sipping a Cup of Joe with Owasso’s finest made it the perfect start to the morning for many locals.

They came together for Coffee with a Cop at the McDonald’s off E. 76th St. on Thursday to discuss current affairs and learn more about each other.

Coffee with a Cop has continued to serve as a staple event in the Owasso community for several years, one that McDonald’s owner Tim Rich said is important for residents to take advantage of on a regular basis.

“Without good police and fire protection and education, our community isn’t a place where people want to live,” he said. “So getting to know the police officers in a way that’s not a red and blue light stopping you or not an emergency situation where you had to call them, you get to know them as people, men and women who are serving us.”

This holds true for Owasson Billy Jack, who is close friends with many of the local officers like Nick Munson and has continued to support McDonald’s recurring event.

“I used to be a cop, and I like talking to cops,” Jack said. “There’s a lot of interaction with a lot of the police here, just talking to them.”

Munson added, “I just like coming out … I like talking to the old timers because they were doing this job before I was even wearing a diaper. It’s cool to hear their stories.”

Another friendship sparked through Coffee with a Cop is shared between resident James Williams and Deputy Chief of Police Jason Woodruff, who both attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah.