Todd Cook, sergeant at the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department, is pictured with his canine officer, Blitz. Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott
Editorâ€™s note: Throughout the month of June, The Post & Mail will be featuring several public safety officials in a multi-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Though Todd Cook has been around law enforcement for more than 20 years, everyday is something new for the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™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.
â€śFrom the time I was 16, I knew I wanted to be in law enforcement,â€ť Cook said. â€śItâ€™s clichĂ©, but I honestly do like helping people. Thatâ€™s the biggest thing I enjoy about my job.â€ť
When Cook was a teenager, he was a volunteer with Union Townshipâ€™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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