Wyoming County Sheriff’s Corporal. Logan Cook started as an assistant right out of high school five years ago. It’s a job he loves.
Surrounded by his fellow officers Monday in the courthouse lobby, he was selected for the second annual CS “Sherill” Parker Sheriff’s Award of Distinction.
This selection was based on several factors, Sheriff Brad Ellison explained, including job improvement, quality of work, getting along with other officers, stepping in and stepping in when needed.
“We wanted it to really mean something to us,” Ellison said of the selection.
“Over the past year, he’s really come a long way — in his work, his attitude, his dedication to the department, and he’s stepped up where needed,” Ellison said of Cook.
Ellison also praised his entire department.
“You take pride in what you do — not for me, but for the people we serve,” Ellison told his deputies.
“I was definitely shocked,” Cook said after being named the department’s 2021 officer of the year.
“I didn’t think it would be me.
“It’s a great honour,” Cook said. “I worked for Sheriff Parker. He hired me. He gave me the opportunity. »
Now a canine officer, Cook noted that Ellison also provided him with opportunities in the department.
With nearly half a century of law enforcement in Wyoming County, Parker died of lung cancer on Christmas Eve 2019.
Patrick Parker, the late sheriff’s son, along with Ellison and former sheriff Randy Brooks worked to create a fitting tribute to the beloved county sheriff.
The award is given annually to the officer who best exemplifies Parker’s personal philosophy: “You can never get ahead in life without giving it your all and working hard every day. Remember that everyone is someone’s mother, father, sister or brother and everyone should be treated fairly.”
With over two decades of experience, Captain Tommy Blankenship received the inaugural Sheriff CS “Sherill” Parker Distinction in 2020.
Parker began his career in law enforcement as Deputy Sheriff Chief Herbert Graham in 1973. Graham was his stepfather.
During his 45-year career, he worked with four other sheriffs and spent four years as Deputy Chief of Police in Mullens.
He knew from childhood that law enforcement was what he wanted to do, he said in a 2005 interview with The Wyoming County Report.
Despite the long hours, high stress and daily dangers, he loved the job.
“I like helping people,” he said during the interview. “When you arrest someone for murder, drugs or child abuse, it makes you feel good because you know people don’t have to worry about them.”
Parker is committed to making county communities safe places to live and raise families.
“You have to love people and want to see people protected to stay with law enforcement,” Parker explained. “It’s not a well paid job and there are a lot of hours involved.
“You just can’t leave him alone after 4 a.m. every day.”