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Police Officer Thomas Alan Cook

Metra Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, September 27, 2006

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Reflections for Police Officer Thomas Alan Cook

Dear Dad,
You have been gone for seven years now and I miss you more and more everyday. I only have a few more volleyball games left in my last season of volleyball in middle school, and I pray each time that you help me during the game. I am in all advance classes in my eighth year of school and also in National Junior Honor Society. I have been trying to succeed in the things that will help me in the future; NJHS, photography, and advance reading and english. I really want to be a photographer and writer for a news paper or for the Chicago Blackhawks when I get older. I think about you every day, wishing that you were still here with Jim, Mom, and me.

We have a new addition to our family, a 5 month-old kitty named Chelsea (short for Chelsea Dagger which is the Blackhawks goal song) and she makes us all smile every day. Mom believes since we were looking for a dog, instead you put a mother who had birth to four kittens under our deck for us to take care of.
Mom says I look like you in so many way, and also act like you too. 31 Days of Halloween started on the Syfy channel this week, and I watch as many horror movies as I can because I watched them all the time with you when I was little. I am also obsessed with the Chicago Blackhawks, and Mom always tell me how you like them and also gave me your sweatshirt with the Blackhawks on them. I will also be turning 14 this Saturday, and I miss the party we had the year before you passed and we had to do the pinata inside the house and two weeks later Mom was still finding candy by the front door!

I miss you more and more every day, and I will always love you from the bottom of my heart, to the moon and back and forever and always.

Jessica Cook
Daughter

October 6, 2013

I served with Tom in the Illinois Army National Guard after he finished active duty. I have been a police officer for over 20 years. I still think of Tom to this day. I honor his memory by training other officers to be vigilant in our fight against those who might do us harm.

Tom you are missed but never forgotten!

Lieutenant Michael Goins
Waukegan Police Department

September 30, 2013

Tom, Your heroism and service is honored today the seventh anniversary of your untimely death.Your memory lives and continues to inspire. Thankyou for your service and sacrifice Tom. A true hero a brave officer who cared about the citizens he served. We will never forget you or your family. May you always rest in peace.

Love ,tina and family AZ

tina port
cousin

September 27, 2013

Friday, September 27th, 2013 will be the seventh anniversary of the untimely and tragic death of Officer Thomas A. Cook. I wrote this piece last year:

The average person reads or watches about a police officer being killed in the line of duty on a regular basis. This news happens so often along with fireman's deaths and solder’s deaths that one may become removed from the loss. Unassociated people have no personal connection to the fallen officer and are immune from the sense of loss. So many officers are killed each year that some people do not think that this is a horrendous event, just a news story.
What people don’t know or think about is the devastating and horrific loss to the officer’s family and friends. On September 27th, 2006 I lost a police officer on my shift. The family lost a lot more.
The terrible loss of live has affected so many family members, friends, and coworkers that it is indescribable. The most shocking way for a family to lose a loved one is an unexpected death. Life plans and dreams come to a crashing end, the future is uncertain, the loved ones of the fallen officer are hurt so bad that they will never get over the loss.
The family, friends, and coworkers of Officer Thomas Alan Cook # 976 will never get over the sudden and horrible loss of a dedicated and heroic man. Tom Cook will forever be remembered in the hearts and minds of all that miss him.
Rest in peace brave warrior, you will not be forgotten.

Rest easy Tom, your work is done, we all got it covered for you!

Ross Fuller

Lieutenant
Metra Transit Police

September 25, 2013

Rest with God

DCI James Baglietto
Greater Manchester Police Service (UK)

April 27, 2013

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

Officer 11169

January 29, 2013

Life is so different now Tommy. Oh well, it is what it is. I miss you and think of you daily. Happy 50th Birthday little brother! I love you....

Marcia
Sister

January 20, 2013

Merry Christmas Tom,

Holidays are just not the same without you here. We took Christmas card pictures and I am just at a loss of words. I compared it with a picture of you. Jimmy is such a spitting image of you. He wore your christmas tie and suspenders today. I bought the kids a copy of your star for a christmas present. They both had smiles on their faces. I still remember my last Christmas present from you. My earrings. How you couldn't wait to give them to me. Now I wear them every holiday and think of you. Christmas morning will come and I hope that the kids will have a wonderful holiday. Thank you for all the beautiful holiday memories. We will never forget them. We miss you so much.

Pamela Cook
Wife of Thomas A Cook

December 25, 2012

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones today. I know that they say time heals all wounds but that is not a true statement for those that love you dearly will always have that wound in their hearts. You will never be forgotten. Continue to keep watch over all of your loved ones.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Fallen Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

September 27, 2012

Tom,

Six years ago you were taken from me and the kids way too ealy. Every day there is a story or something the kids do to remind me of you. Jim has all the knowledge you taught him about every war or historical moment. He beems just as you did when someone asks him about history. This morning he put your flag at half staff. What a wonderful son. Jessica is a swwet girl always thinking of everyone else first. Doing things for people just because. She also gives everything her all. If she doesn't know how to do it she will push herself to find out. She is a great sports player and a lover of Horror movies. You would finally have someone to watch all the movies with. We were so blessed to have you in our lives. I just wish we had more time together. We love and miss you every day!

Pamela Cook
Wife of Thomas A. Cook

September 27, 2012

6 years ago, I received a phone call from a dispatcher telling me about the shooting....She did not want me to hear about your death on the news.....It is still as real in my mind as if it was yesterday. Tommy and Wally, continue to watch over my guys, and Pam and the kids you are in my prayers..........

Sherry W.
Ex-Riverdale PD Telecommunicator

September 27, 2012

Its been 6 years ago today that you were taken from us. How I miss you....... Rest in Peace little brother and thank you for bringing us our miracle..... I love you

Marcia
sister

September 27, 2012

Officer Tom Cook will always be remembered and never forgotten. As the years pass from the horrible day he was killed, his memory does not fad. Here at the Metra Transit Police Department where Tom worked, we look at his picture everyday. His mailbox is still on the wall, frozen in time to the last day he worked. Tom's name appears on the shift line up everyday. Time passing can not ease the senseless loss of a brave man. and as time continues to pass his memory will live on with his former coworkers. Rest in peace "Brother in Blue", you are missed everyday.

Lieutenant H. Ross Fuller
Metra Transit Police Department

September 26, 2012

Tom-Tomorrow marks the 6th anniversary of your death. It is bitter sweet. We are sad, because you are no longer with us, but happy because you have a wonderful family and lots of friends, that will never let you be forgotten. You would be so proud of Pam and the kids. Your legacy lives on and shines brightly! I know that you are looking down upon us, with that big beautiful smile on your face. Missing you and remembering all the good times. R.I.P

Kathy Cook
sister-in-law

September 26, 2012

Dad,
6 years ago this Thursday is when you passed away. I miss you more and more each day and I just wish you were here. I love you to the moon and back and keep watching over mom, Jim, and me. And please hope that I don't hurt myself in volleyball! I didn't want to make this a sad, depressed letter to you because I know you hate that type of stuff. Anyways, in about 9 more days, 31 Days of Halloween we start up, and I wish you were here so we could watch all the horror movies together because mom hates them so much! She said I'm just like you when I watch them because I laugh at them. I miss you like crazy and I love you from the bottom of my heart.

From your daughter,
Jessica

Jessica Cook

September 23, 2012

Cant seem to get you off my mind today Tommy. Things are so different now and I do know that they will never be the same. I miss you so much and love you with all my heart..... Watch over us

Marcia

June 19, 2012

The average person reads or watches about a police officer being killed in the line of duty on a regular basis. This news happens so often along with fireman's deaths and solder’s deaths that one may become removed from the loss. Unassociated people have no personal connection to the fallen officer and are immune from the sense of loss. So many officers are killed each year that some people do not think that this is a horrendous event, just a news story.
What people don’t know or think about is the devastating and horrific loss to the officer’s family and friends. On September 27th, 2006 I lost a police officer on my shift. The family lost a lot more.
The terrible loss of live has affected so many family members, friends, and coworkers that it is indescribable. The most shocking way for a family to lose a loved one is an unexpected death. Life plans and dreams come to a crashing end, the future is uncertain, the loved ones of the fallen officer are hurt so bad that they will never get over the loss.
The family, friends, and coworkers of Officer Thomas Alan Cook # 976 will never get over the sudden and horrible loss of a dedicated and heroic man. Tom Cook will forever be remembered in the hearts and minds of all that miss him.
Rest in peace brave warrior, you will not be forgotten.

Lt. H. Ross Fuller
Metra Transit Police Department

March 2, 2012

Tommy
There isnt a day that goes by that I dont think of you. I miss you little brother and love you with all my heart........

Marcia
sister

February 23, 2012

Happy birthday

maureen rolniak

January 20, 2012

Tom,

on this Christmas Day, as a Guardian Angel, please protect us and help us have a safe and blessed day with our families.

God bless Pam, Jimmy and Jessica

Officer George Murphy
METRA Transit PD

December 25, 2011

Thinking of you today Tommy. You would be looking to pay someone to work your Christmas Eve cause you always had family over and invited the entire shift for food and drinks after work! You would do anything to be home with your family. Sure do miss those days and you Tommy! Ill have a shot of JD for you this Christmas. Be well Tommy.

Lt. Dan Dempsey
Riverdale

December 20, 2011

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones today. Continue to watch over all of your loved ones and protect them from harm. You are a true hero and your memory will live forever.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

September 27, 2011

5 yrs have gone by and not a day goes by that you and your family are not thought of. John and the kids will flying out to Chicago this weekend.I will be sending a flag with them to place by you. Love you Tom! In our hearts forever...

Cousin Tina - AZ

Tina
cousin in Arizona

September 27, 2011

R.I.P. Tommy--We miss u and will never forget!!

Bob and Kathy Cook

September 27, 2011

Thinking of you and your family today. Such a huge loss still felt so strongly by everyone who knows you. Rest in Peace my friend.

Childhood Friend

September 27, 2011

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