From a written statement issued Tuesday regarding the promotion of Master Trooper Aaron W. Cook to the rank of Sergeant:
Fort Wayne, IN-The Superintendent of the Indiana State Police, Paul E. Whitesell, Ph.D., has announced the promotion of Master Trooper Aaron W. Cook to the rank of Sergeant. Sergeant Cook will serve the Fort Wayne District as a squad sergeant, and will directly supervise a total of eight troopers within the District.
Cook, 39, who is originally from Columbia City, is a 1989 graduate of Columbia City High School. He attended St. Francis for one year and IPFW for two and a half years before being accepted to the 51st Indiana State Police Recruit Academy. On December 4, 1994, he was appointed as a Trooper and assigned to the Indiana State Police Post in Fort Wayne, where he served the citizens of Huntington County until 1998.
In 1998, Cook served as a member of the District Criminal Interdiction Team until 2003, when he transferred to Whitley County. During his career, Cook has served the Department as a Field Training Officer, a member of the Tactical Intervention Platoon and in 2004 he distinguished himself with a life saving effort and was awarded the Silver Star, the second highest honor that the Indiana State Police can bestow upon a Trooper.
Cook and his wife Heather have two children, Taryn (13) and Ian (10) and they are residents of rural Columbia City.