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HOMETOWN HEROES: Todd Cook — A seasoned sergeant

June 3, 2013

Todd Cook, sergeant at the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, is pictured with his canine officer, Blitz. Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott

Editor’s note: Throughout the month of June, The Post & Mail will be featuring several public safety officials in a multi-part series.

COLUMBIA CITY — Though Todd Cook has been around law enforcement for more than 20 years, everyday is something new for the Whitley County Sheriff’s sergeant.

From riding in the squad car during his high school years to dispatching and being a firefighter, Cook has a wide variety of skills.
By his 21st birthday, he logged more than 1,000 hours of job shadowing with the Columbia City Police Department.

“From the time I was 16, I knew I wanted to be in law enforcement,” Cook said. “It’s cliché, but I honestly do like helping people. That’s the biggest thing I enjoy about my job.”

When Cook was a teenager, he was a volunteer with Union Township’s Fire Department. And five years prior to becoming a deputy with WCSD, he was a dispatcher and reserve officer. He was hired full time as a deputy in 1997, and was promoted to sergeant 3.5 years ago.

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