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Police Officer Layne Bruce Cook

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Friday, January 27, 1989

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Reflections for Police Officer Layne Bruce Cook

Hey Buddy,

Just checking in. I remember the fun times we had working in the Stake-Out Squad. We laughed a lot behind those mirrors. Can't remember over what but remember the sounds. I do remember when I put my foot in my mouth about certain places and names. We both laughed our butts off. You were a sport. I miss those days when we were all young and at times reckless. I'll be seeing you and my old friend Melear pretty soon. Let's have a cold one for old times.


Officer RR Ringo

May 14, 2024

That day seems like yesterday! I think of you every single day! I miss you LB! Rest well

Woodrow Tripp
Atlanta PD

January 27, 2021

I met Layne on a case where my neighbor had been burgled. I was impressed with his fingerprinting such a routine case, and his attention to detail. I told him I my interest in police work and he encouraged me.

Later as a young Deputy, while still in the academy, I ran afowl of hard financial times and didn't know how I would make the daily commute to NCGLETC. Layne had plenty of bills himself, but told me he could loan me some money to buy an old car! I turned down his kind offer, but the magnanimous nature of it reaffirmed my desire to complete the academy! I don't think that I would have without his encouragement. I would come to spent 29 years in the profession.

He was a kind man, a funny guy, and a great cop. I will always miss him!

Directing Special Agent, Bill Thompson
State Ethics Commission (Georgia) Retired

April 6, 2020

On behalf of Chief Erika Shields, and the entire Atlanta Police Department, may you
Rest in Peace. You are being recognized for your dedicated services and commitment to a City that you loved so much, that you sacrificed your life to save others.

You were a great friend to so many, an outstanding Police Officer, a role model for so many, an excellent Field Training Officer, and just a great person overall. A legend in your own right!/. You will forever be in our thoughts, and prayers.


The City of Atlanta Police Department Family!

Sergeant Janice Y. Sturdivant
City of Atlanta Police Department

May 6, 2019

Rest in peace Officer Cook.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 15, 2019

Officer Cook,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Atlanta. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

January 27, 2019

Officer Cook, thank you for your service. A new generation of officers continues to keep the city you gave your life to protect safe each and every day.

Officer C. Maldonado
Atlanta Police Department

January 27, 2015

I am so grateful for the time I had with my father. He was 3 parts kindness and 1 part Dirty Harry. He raised me with love and a healthy dose of discipline. I am the man I am today because of the lessons I learned from him. The ripples of his love echo in the hearts of my children. I know he would have loved to be a part of his grandchildren's lives.
One winter, i remember he bought two flannel jackets. Within two weeks of him purchasing them they both were gone. I found out later that my dad had given his jackets to cold homeless people along his beat. There are countless stories like this. He was the kind of man that would give his last penny to a friend.
Laughter followed him everywhere he went. He wanted everyone around him to be happy. Tough profession for a man with such a big heart, but don't get me wrong, he was a tough, strong man. Many nights he came home bruised and battered protecting and serving. He was a modern day cowboy. My dad is my HERO.


January 25, 2015

To my daddy...
Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and how much I wish you were here with us. Alex turns 16 tomorrow. You would have been so active in his life and loved coming to embarrass and cheer him on with wrestling. Taylor is so smart...she is becoming a leader...taking a stand and showing everyone how intelligent she is. Samantha...she would crack you up...funny smart too but an out of the box kid. She is so special. Riley may...she is so loving. I picture her climbing all over you and hugging you tight like I did. And the would love them. Jayden has a kind heart. He is so helpful and eager to do whatever he can to make others happy. And baby Troy...when he smiles I melt. Your grandchildren would keep you busy. I know you would be a part of their lives. You would love and protect us all. I wish you could meet James. He is such a wonderful man and partner. I have never felt loved and supported like this. He is an amazing role model for the kids...and he is there for us. I know the two of you would be making everyone're both so funny. I am happy...more now than ever before.

Bridget Warren (cook)

January 25, 2015

Dear Layne,

I will always remember and cherish the memories of you from the 1980's. I remember living across the street in Timber lake subdivision. Logan and I were best of friends growing up and you were definitely like a second father to me. I remember your great humor and jokes. Even as a kid the memories were endless. You inspired me more than you could even know. I became a Fireman for The City of Atlanta back in 1993.I'm now a Lt with only 10 years til retirement. Its been 20 years now but i still think of how cool it would have been to get a chance to work with you on 911 calls. In my career with the City i have talked to officers that worked with you. All of them tell Amazing stories of your Heroism, Professionalism, and Kindness to others. I know that your family misses you very much. My father died in 2011 and my mother, sister and I miss him very much. I know that both of you are in Heaven looking over your families.

Lieutenant Michael Connelly
City of Atlanta Fire Dept

February 16, 2014

Today, I read all the wonderful things said about you and they are so true. My heart aches for you. My dear sweet brother. The sadness and heartbreak is the same as the day you left us. The tears flow today as I think of all the years we have missed with each other. Your grandchildren, and Logan and Bridget are wonderful people and great parents. You meant so much to Amber. She still talks about the time we came home for the family reunion and you grabbed her up and gave her a big hug and called her baby and was so happy to see her and said you loved her. Oh my precious brother I love you so much. I try everyday to do what's right so we can be together in heaven forever. With all my love your sister LInda.

Linda Elkins-Kuebler

June 29, 2013

Dear Daddy...
Time passes...but you are always in my thoughts...I love you and I miss you every day. Your smile...your laugh...the way you could brighten everyone's day with just your presence.
Life takes its turns...there are obstacles along the way...I know you had to endure your share. I am saddened that I am not able to lean on your shoulder when I need you...I always felt safest in your arms...
I talk to you in my head and in my babies are growing up so fast. Alex is going to high school...Taylor is going to middle school...Samantha will be a 5th grader and Riley in 2nd when school starts back in just a few sort weeks.
I still need you...a grown woman...but I still need my daddy...I know you watch over us...
I love you forever...

Bridget Warren (Cook)

June 23, 2013

Its been 24 years LB! It seems like it was yesterday I held you in my arms as you left this world and joined Gods police force in heaven. Your kids have grown up and you would be so proud!
There's not a day goes by I don't think of you! I wish you were here but God had other plans. Blessed are the Peacemakers.......

Lt. Woodrow Tripp (Retired)
Atlanta P.D.

April 22, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Detective Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

March 24, 2013

Great and Fun Guy. Great Officer. Thanks for keeping Atlanta safe!! Job Well Done!!

Bobbi Doe
Atlanta Police Department- Friend/Co-Worker

July 11, 2012

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

Officer 11169

February 17, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 23rd anniversary of your death.. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect, and your memory will always be honored and revered.

I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today. Bridget, thank you for sharing a daughter's devotion to her beloved father.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 27, 2012

I think about you every day. Taylor is the age that I was when you passed away and I can't help but remember what I went through at her age. You would love them...and I know you are looking down at them every day and smiling. I wish they knew you...and could understand how amazing you are.

I love you...

Bridget Warren (Cook)

October 30, 2010


It has been twenty one years and not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I held your hand that night and as your spirit left you it never left me. I cried as I spoke at your funeral and a tear is never far away when I think of you. Rest well my friend!


Lt. Woodrow Tripp (Retired)
Atlanta P.D.

August 29, 2010

I was thinking of you today. I miss your funny stories. Your friend and coworker from the Atlanta Airport years. Carroll Craig

Officer Carroll Craig
Atlanta Police Retired

February 2, 2009



January 23, 2008

"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

October 8, 2007

I remember how proud Logan was of you ... I am proud to know that officers, like yourself, protect and serve each and every day !!!

Mike Carroll
Friend of Logan

July 1, 2007

On the 18th year anniversary on your tragic death, please know that you are not forgotten, nor is your sacrifice. May you continue to rest in peace.

A citizen who cares

January 28, 2007

Officer Cook,

On this the anniversary of your leaving us in the physical sense we pay tribute to your spirit. Tonight the Evening Watch of the Henry County Georgia Police Department’s North Precinct will hit the street in your honor. Please watch over us as we continue your fine work.

For the entire shift,
Sergeant V.T. Rosen

Sergeant V.T. Rosen
Henry Couonty Police Department

January 27, 2007

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