Ryan Native Involved in Fatal Police Chase Remembered as “Amazing Guy”

Stephen-CookA West Delaware alumn who was the fatal victim in Friday’s police chase in Cedar Rapids will be laid to rest Wednesday. Thirty-five year old Stephen Cook of Palo worked in the meter shop of the City of Cedar Rapids Water Division. He was driving a city van on Friday when it was T-boned by a speeding pickup truck. Police say the truck ran a stop sign as the driver was fleeing from officers who’d tried to stop him for a registration violation. The truck hit the van with such force that the van overturned and Cook was thrown out. He died Saturday at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Cook was a Ryan native and a 1997 graduate of West Delaware High School. In his obituary, his family says he was able to live his dream of being a volunteer firefighter – first in Ryan and, for the past five years, in Palo. Palo Fire Chief James Seeley told our news partner, KCRG, that Cook will be very much missed.

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On Sunday, members of the Palo Fire Department put up more than ninety American flags along the town’s streets in honor of Cook. Cook will be laid to rest Wednesday following a funeral mass at 11 am at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Ryan. (Story contributions from KCRG/Radio Iowa; photo courtesy of Bohnenkamp-Murdoch Funeral Home)