Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Carl Jackson "Jack" Cooke, III

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, May 2, 1972

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Reflections for Officer Carl Jackson "Jack" Cooke, III

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement family. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

May 2, 2021

My mother-in-law, Ruth Wells, was Jackie's babysitter when he was a child, and we were close friends with his mother, Joyce. I still recall the shock and pain when Jack died. He was a wonderful young man. This week, I came across a keepsake that brought back many memories. Prayers for his family, who are all remembered fondly.

Pricilla Joy Holliday
Friend

May 23, 2020

Officer Cooke, I was about Graduate from JJ Pearce High School in Richardson, when you gave all. I was sad about your sacrifice. Although, I never met you, I'll never forget you.

Sergeant James R. Boy, (Retired)
Houston Police Department

May 6, 2019

Rest in peace Officer Cooke. Young and brave. Always terrible to leave a widow and young kids behind.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 2, 2019

As a former DPD officer, I thank you for your service in protecting the citizens of Dallas. Our prayers are always with you and your family. You will never be forgotten. God bless you, your family and our fellow DPD officers.

Special Agent-in-Charge Diane Upchurch
FBI - Little Rock

May 2, 2017

Dad,

Thank you for the freckles. Thank you for the sportiness that I know came from you. Thanks for all the times I knew I had a guardian angel. I think of you often. Mom and Gram made sure we knew you. You are missed. I, too, am proud of your service and proud to be part of you.

This week, 5 Dallas officers were murdered. This saddens my soul. Each time we go to the memorial the tears flow as the years get closer. I hate it for the children. I hate that there is so much hate.

Jacque Wise
Daughter

July 15, 2016

Rest in Peace Officer Carl Jackson (Jack) Cooke III. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Dallas, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever pursue the scum bag that murdered you. May he know no peace in this life. May the flames of hell burn his soul for eternity!

Amen

Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, Texas

May 4, 2016

I was a friend of Jack's wife,Sharon Howell Cooke.....we went to HS together. I attended their wedding.....they played the song "The 12th of Never"......that was the 1st time I ever heard that song. I liked it so much,I had someone sing it @ my own wedding in 1971. I actually got married @ the same church they did. My husband was the Lab MGR @ Methodist when Jack was shot.I lived behind Methodist Hospital....my husband came home for lunch saying the Night Shift Blood Bank had been very busy because an Officer had been shot. I turned on the News...it was Jack. I will never forget holding Sharon up & crying with her....it still saddens my heart. Those sweet baby girls of theirs never got to grow up with their daddy. Sharon was lost for quite a few months....understandable for sure. We kept in touch until she went to the Police Academy. I hope Jack's killer thinks about all the pain he caused so many people,but I doubt he has ever cared.

Carol Hughes....NA on the rank
Friend

March 27, 2015

Your heroism and service is honored today on the 40th 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 who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

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

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your family for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

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

May 3, 2012

Dad, if only I could have known you. I think of you often and I love you from the memories others have shared with me. I'm proud of you for your service... I'm proud to be a part of you.

Susie Cooke
Daughter

June 5, 2009

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

May 2, 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
Sergeant
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

February 5, 2008

Your sacrifice and service have not been forgotten, Officer Cooke. Rest in peace, Sir.

A citizen

May 17, 2007

Carl, I remember thinking about your great sense of humor & wit. You made me think about you every time I answered a burglary call at night. You might even been my guardian each time I found myself in a tight spot. Hope to see you in the next life. RIP friend. Ed

Lt. Ed Silva (retired)
DPD

April 28, 2007

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

May 9, 2006

Rest in Peace,Sir.

May 2, 2006

Carl was a great guy, he and I graduated from the same rookie class together in Dallas May 1971. He had a wonderful wife and he really loved his two young daughters. He was my friend, and after these many years, he is still missed.

His Friend and Class-Mate
Steve L. Brasher

Special Agent S. L. Brasher
FAA

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