Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Jon Clifton Cook

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, June 12, 2002

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Reflections for Police Officer Jon Clifton Cook

Rest in peace Officer Cook.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 9, 2021

God bless you

Mark Mottola

July 2, 2020

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

June 12, 2018

Officer Cook, your final resting place will always be tended to with the utmost care by fellow Veterans at Eagle Point National Cemetery, a beautiful National Shrine for you and all others cared for here.

A. Matthews, Director
National Cemetery Administration

August 14, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 15, 2015

Jon - I think about you all the time and miss you so much. What a great honor it was to work with you, even for a short period of time.
I miss you, you're in my thoughts.

Sergeant Lynn Reilly
San Francisco Police

December 8, 2013

I cannot believe it's been 11 years and I am still here without you. I Love You and Miss you every day.....See you.... Love, Mom

Nickie Cook

June 6, 2013

You are still missed, Uncle Jonnie.
You still inspire me to do my best and help others every day.

Danielle Cook

July 25, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Cook. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 22, 2012

To Jamie and the family of Officer Jon Cook,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Thank you Jamie for the kind words on my brother's memorial page (Deputy Sheriff George Monroe Selby). Although time has past since we both lost our brothers in 2002, the love and memories have remained strong.

Scott Selby
San Jose, CA

December 3, 2011

Merry Christmas Jon its been to long and so much has changed. I cant think of the right thing to say the injuries have all healed up pretty much, but lately the wreck is fresh as yesterday in my mind and sadly I dont think that will change for some time. I just wanted to say happy holidays and let you and your family know that you will not be forgotten....

D. Lee

December 30, 2009

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 6, 2007

G-d bles you and your loved ones.

June 12, 2007

I found your profile today through the "Always Remembered" section. Something about your picture just made me want to find out what happened to you. I'm sorry such a tragic accident occurred. Please know that you are not forgotten, and that we still honor you for your service. I hope that your partner and your family have found some peace.


February 22, 2007

My prayers are with you Cook. Another officer was taken from us last night and the tragedy doesn't seem to end. I recently went to visit your family in Oregon and they welcomed us with open arms. We went to your favorite restaurant and had a great time. Your family is wonderful and I am sorry we didn't do it sooner. I miss you Jon.


December 23, 2006

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

August 5, 2006

Thank you for your dedication to protect and serve the people of San Francisco. My son was on crutches from a foot pursuit when he, in his dress uniform, attended your funeral at St. Mary's Cathedral to honor you. I will always remember that day. Rest in peace.

Carol Espinoza, Mother of
Officer Isaac Espinoza, SFPD
EOW 4/10/04

July 27, 2006

May God Grant Officer Cook's Family, Fellow Officers, and Friends the Serenity to accept the things they Cannot Change, the Courage to change the things they can, and the Wisdom to know the difference....Rest in Peace Brother in Blue, you will not be forgotten...

Officer Debra McFall Ross
East Buffalo Twp Police Dept, Lewisburg, Pa.

July 7, 2006

To Officer Jon Cook and his loved ones:

Jon, you rescued us, saved our possessions, our lives and our families. You are one of the rare heroes among us. You were always there for us in the most traumatic moments of our lives. No matter when we called, we just expected that you would come and do whatever it took to help us, and you always met our expectations. Your selflessness and dedication are awe-inspiring.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Officer Jon Cook. I am humbled by your valor, courage, and dedication.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Jon gave to his community and the citizens of California, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on June 12, 2002.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

March 21, 2006

I heard about Officer Cook's death on the news that night and my heart goes out to his family .

My father , Officer Don Walden was a member of the SFPD from 1964-1976 before he retired from law enforcement in 1997 and he lost 12 of his fellow officers during that time that he all knew and were friends with .

At the scene of the accident , I placed a token to Officer Cook's memory to honor him . When a police officer dies in the line of duty , race , religion , or sexual orientation does not matter . What matters is the oath that they took to protect and serve us no matter the cost to their own lives to keep the innocent from harms way and bring those who prey upon us to justice .

I grew up in the SFPD family since my father was part of the brother/sisterhood and he still considers himself to this day . Each time an SFPD officer is killed in the line of duty it still affects him and our family , rather we knew the officer or not . Officer Cook and his family and fellow officers will not be forgotten .


October 1, 2004

God bless you and your family at your tragic loss. You will never be forgotten for your service and dedication.

St. Louis City Police

September 9, 2004

Just wanted to let you know that you continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Our son, Deputy Shane Bennett, was also taken from us on the same date two years ago. We know the pain and suffering you have had an will continue to have. Just know that our sons did a job that they loved and were very dedicated to. May God Bless!

Ron and Annette Bennett
Parents of Deputy Shane Bennett
Harris County Sheriff's Dept., TX
EOW 6-12-2002

June 13, 2004

At the beginning of every shift I supervise, myself and the other officers on shift dedicate the day to the memory of a fallen officer.

Today, June 12, 2004 we dedicated the shift to the memory of Police Officer Jon Clifton Cook who died in the line of duty on this date two years ago.

When one law enforcement officer falls, we all stumble for a while, but we will carry on.

Officer Cook’s sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Sgt. Paul Bissonnette
Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Surrey, BC

June 12, 2004

I stop by this website often after the death of two dear friends with the NCSHP (Troopers Calvin Taylor E.O.W. October 3, 2001 and Anthony Cogdill E.O.W. May 30, 2003).

We all grieve over the lives lost in the line of duty. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that there are countless prayers that go out for your family.

These are senseless tragedies that never seem to stop. God Bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great Nation.

...Gone, but never Forgotten....

Marti (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood Co EMS (NC)

April 4, 2004

Thank you Sami for leaving a message on my fiance's page. It means a lot to know I am not alone in my pain. It saddens me to know that Dennis and Sami were not the first law enforcement officers to die in the line of duty, nor will they be the last. My heart goes out to Jon Cook's family, friends and coworkers.

Please accept my condolences on behalf of the McElderry family and remember that Jon is part of huge law enforcement family. If you ever need anything any number of them will be there for you (as I've quickly found out!) From reading the many reflections posted here, I am certain Jon was well respected and well loved. Thank you for a job well done and for helping to make this world a safer place for us all. Please take care of my fiance Dennis.

Peace, Love, Luck, and Happiness!

Jocelyne Brar
Dennis McElderry's fiancee - EOW (01/03/03)

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