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CPD’s Cook saves two people while on duty

By Heather Walters

Last week was not an ordinary week for Lt. Jeffery Cook. The Hampton County native saved the lives of two people while on duty for the Cottageville Police Department: one man was choking on his own vomit from a heroin overdose when Cook cleared his airway and helped resuscitate him, and another woman was suffering from a medical condition when she wrecked her vehicle. Cook’s quick responses to both incidents are causing his chief, Charles Long, to hail him as a hero. “It takes a special kind of person to just jump into a situation like that, and do what he did,” Long said of Cook. “I’m very proud of him, and proud to have him with us in Cottageville.”

Cook has been with the Cottageville Police Department for three years. The 39-year-old says what he did last week while on duty does not deserve any recognition, and is very humble about the recognition. He is also quick to praise Colleton County Fire-Rescue for their quick responses to both cases. “I believe this is why God put me on this Earth, to do what I do as a cop and to help people,” said Cook. “But I’m the guy who prefers to be in the background.”

The first incident occurred Wednesday morning, about 9:30 a.m., when a motorist alerted Cook to a woman who had just struck a mailbox with her car. “I immediately could tell her face was drawing up,” said Cook. Ultimately, Cook says, the woman did not suffer from a stroke, but from a medical condition that he would not elaborate on.

 

“Very quickly, I got on the radio and called for EMS. They came in, and did all of the work,” he said. “They saved her life. I just did what I do every time someone has a medical issue, and that’s try to help as quickly as possible until medical personnel get there.”

 

The second incident occurred Saturday morning, when a woman called 911, saying her boyfriend had overdosed on heroin. When Cook arrived, the man’s heart had stopped and he was purple, according to Cook. “I opened up his airway, and got his heart back, and then he breathed,” he said. “Fire-rescue bagged him, and forced air into his lungs. Once again, they are the heroes here.”

 

“It was a very stressful situation. I’m glad he lived,” Cook added.

 

These are not the first instances where Cook has saved lives. He previously worked as an officer with the City of Orangeburg, where he earned medals for merit, life-saving acts of bravery and helping people in distress. “I don’t want to take credit for anything. I get paid to do this, and I sleep better at night knowing I helped somebody. I do my job because I want to make sure everybody is safe, and people get a second chance,” he said.

 
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