CHIEF COOK NAMED POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR

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Local Kiwanis Club honors the Chief’s 37 years of service

It was a joyous day among long-time friends Bud Hart, Dr. Stephen Blood and Chief Earl Cook. (Photo by Lucelle O’Flaherty)
It was a joyous day among long-time friends Bud Hart, Dr. Stephen Blood and Chief Earl Cook. (Photo by Lucelle O’Flaherty)

At the Alexandria Police Department, the Kiwanis Club of Alexandria named Chief Earl L. Cook its Police Officer of the Year award on September 15. The award is given annually to recognize outstanding or heroic achievement by Alexandria police officers and highlights the sacrifices made daily by the city’s finest. The Kiwanis Club recognized Chief Cook for over 37 years’ service to the City and his outstanding leadership as chief since 2009.

“As a lifelong Alexandrian, Chief Cook has dedicated his life to improving the city and making it a better place for everyone,” said Kiwanis vice president Anthony Smith. “We felt choosing Chief Cook for this honor was a great way to highlight his tireless efforts over the past 37 years.” Club secretary William Allison added that Kiwanis was excited to present the award in person at police headquarters. “Bringing the award ceremony to the department gives officers and civilian employees the opportunity to take part in this special event, and gives Chief Cook the recognition he deserves,” he said.

The Kiwanis Club of Alexandria was chartered in 1921 to bring the spirit of Kiwanis International to the community of Alexandria. The club has awarded the Police Officer of the Year award for decades. Its members also participate in, sponsor, and support activities that serve the children of Alexandria. Find out more at www.AlexandriaKiwanis.org.