Retiring Cornelius Police Officer honored, new K9 welcomed

Cornelius Mayor Travis presenting Corporal W.L. Cook with his service weapon – Submitted Photo


On March 1, 2017, Corporal W.L. “Lee” Cook retired from the Cornelius Police Department after over twelve years with the Town of Cornelius and almost twenty years in law enforcement. During the Cornelius Board of Commissioners Meeting on Monday, March 6, Corporal Cook was recognized for his years of service by Chief Hoyle and received his service weapon from Mayor Travis.

Corporal Cook served as a Security Police Officer in the United States Air Force for six years prior to beginning his law enforcement career in 1987 with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office. In 1998 he was hired by Mecklenburg County Security Police where he served until 2004 when he was hired by the Cornelius Police Department. Corporal Cook was assigned to the Field Operations Division as a Patrolman and was recognized as a Master Police Officer before being transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division as an Investigator several years later. He was transferred to the Support Services Division and worked in Community Services prior to being promoted to the rank of Corporal on August 1, 2016. Corporal Cook was a General Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Armorer, Taser Instructor, Simunition Instructor, and received both his Intermediate and Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from North Carolina Training and Standards.

Corporal Cook was known as a problem solver and there was no problem large or small he could not resolve. His responsibilities included fleet maintenance which involved maintaining the police fleet as well as ordering and equipping new vehicles. He worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure officers had vehicles in good working order and the up to date equipment they needed.

Tragically on September 24th, 2016 Corporal Cook suffered a medical emergency after a routine surgery at a local hospital. He remained hospitalized for weeks in a medically induced coma and was not expected to survive. Those who loved him prayed for a miracle and stayed at his bedside around the clock during those critical days. Thankfully, his will to survive was strong and with great care from his physicians, family, and friends he did survive and was released from the hospital in early December. Unfortunately, the lasting effects prevented him from returning to the job he loved so much.

We congratulate Corporal Cook on his retirement and wish him well as he starts a new chapter in his life.

New K9 welcomed

Corporal Queen & K9 Lex – Submitted Photo

The Cornelius Police Department K9 unit has added Lex, a 21 month old male Belgian Malinois. K9 Lex joins Corporal Derek Queen after the passing of K9 Dag. K9 Dag was put down after a medical issue in October of 2016.

Corporal Queen and K9 Lex recently completed a two week training course in Alabama. This training included building and vehicle searches, detection of illegal substances, article search, tracking and suspect apprehension.

CPD is excited to welcome K9 Lex to our department and community!

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