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Corporal Benjamin Lee Cooper

Joplin Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Tuesday, March 8, 2022

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Reflections for Corporal Benjamin Lee Cooper

These men serve with pride the people of Joplin Missouri. This officer was not like the police in Joplin, which are mostly aggressive, Looking to arrest or ticket instead of being the type of policeman Jake was...They could learn a lot from the way he treated are a true hero Sir.

Patrick Nichols

September 10, 2022

May you be proud of the work you have done, the person that you were, and the difference you made in this world. You will be missed by many!

You are a hero in our hearts!

‘Well done, good and faithful servant!' Matthew 25:21

Piper Divine
Civilian Security Guard Corporal
Joplin, MO

May 14, 2022

Rest in Peace my brother!! May God bestow his mercy on your soul and on your family and department. Wish I had the pleasure of meeting you.

We'll take it from here. See you on the other side!

Captain S. A. Mohamad
Texas Police Officer, 20 years

May 12, 2022

We will remember.

Ms. Eleanore Trupkiewicz
Civilian Supporter of Law Enforcement

April 22, 2022

Rest in Peace Corporal Cooper. May the Lord grant your family, friends and co-workers peace during this very difficult time. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Deputy Parole Administrator Howard Wykes
Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections

March 28, 2022

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Corporal Cooper. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Joplin Police Department.

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

March 25, 2022

I will miss you Ben. It was an honor serving with you at MCSO.

Det. Sgt. J. Seymour (RET)

March 21, 2022

Cpl. Cooper,

Thank you for your sacrifice for our nation. May you be with the Lord and may he be with your family.

Det. Russ Cain

Pittsburgh PD

March 20, 2022

The true measure of a person
is not found in the
might of their arm,
their wealth
or their power –
it is found in the strength
of their character.

There is no greater testimony to
ones character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.

Author Unknown

Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

March 18, 2022



March 18, 2022

Corporal Benjamin Cooper, thank you for your service. May God watch over you, your family friends and coworkers during this terrible time. God's Speed Benjamin!

In Valor There Is Hope

Reserve Deputy Brian Jacobsen
Mahaska County Iowa Sheriff’s Office

March 18, 2022

The Lord has set a special place for both of you and you will be able to look down upon your family's and your fellow officers will take care of them

Civilian Linda Gibson

March 18, 2022

Rest in peace, Corporal Cooper. Thank you for your service.

May God comfort your family, friends, and fellow officers at this difficult time.

God bless and protect the Thin Blue Line that protects us all.

Private Citizen Kathryn Felts
Mother of & Family Member of Law Enforcement

March 17, 2022

My deepest condolences to Corporal Benjamin Cooper's family, friend's and colleagues.

Sad to see a loved one go. Many will cherish his memories and moments. But as for our Creator, Benjamin is now in his perfect memory (Malachi 3:16). Why is it important to know this? The Bible reminds us that soon this world and all it's wickedness will be a thing of the past. Millions of Christians asks for this in our Lord's Prayer. "Let your Kingdom come... and your will done on earth" (Mathew 6:9,10).

This is good news for our loved ones who has passed. Please read John 5:25-29; Isaiah 26:19; 25:8, Apocalypse 21:3,4. In that good book of remembrance and through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ we all have an opportunity to see our loved ones again. To be part of that new Kingdom (Government) we should follow what the King himself said in John 17:3. Learning each day about God and his son Jesus Christ will result in living forever.

Again my sincerest condolences. (visit us at:

Petty Officer Estrella A.
US Navy Disabled Veteran

March 16, 2022

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"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 whose 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

Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

March 15, 2022

I am so sorry for your loss and prayers go up to the family, friends and co-workers

I am a retired police officer. I am eighty years of age and now reside in Troy, Ohio. I graduated, in North Carolina, February 19, 1984-1994

March 15, 2022

So sad to hear the news.

May you rest in peace after having served those around you. My thoughts are with you, your family, fellow officers, and friends.

Reserve Police Officer G. Krystof
Los Angeles Police Department

March 14, 2022

RIP you will be missed by many.

Ofc. R. Andrews
Baxter Springs Police Department

March 14, 2022

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers during this difficult time. Your service and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Thomas H. Kelly Jr.
Assistant Supervisory Air Marshal in Charge (ASAC)
New York Field Office
Federal Air Marshal Service

March 14, 2022


Harris County Sheriff’s Office

March 13, 2022

Rest in Peace Corporal Cooper. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and Prayers go out to your family, coworkers and friends.

Lieutenant Robert T. Mote (ret)
Buena Park, CA Police Department

March 13, 2022

Thank you for your service.

Dmytro Goloborodko

March 13, 2022

Deepest sympathies to the family.

Thank you for your service and ULTIMATE SACRIFICE.

Rest in Peace Brother.


Firefighter Ronald Lavallee
Lawrence, MA Fire Department

March 12, 2022

Corporal Benjamin Cooper, during your tour of duty you served the citizens of Joplin with dignity, honor and compassion. It is now your time to rest with all of the other heroes that have gone before you. To the family of Corporal Benjamin Cooper you all are in our thoughts and prayers. The Law Enforcement family will stand beside you. To the men and women of the Joplin Police Department hold your head's high as you all carry on during these difficult times. Stay Safe. Benjamin as you enter through the gates of Valhalla your arrival will be hailed by Odin himself. Fair Winds and Following Seas Warrior.

Detective Grade One Robert Jackson Ret.
Metropolitan Police Department/ Homicide Branch

March 12, 2022

Sending my deepest and most heartfelt condolences for your tragic loss. My sincere sympathy to your friends and family.
Rest In Peace.!

Enid Rodríguez

March 12, 2022

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