World War II Vet Helping Protect Richland County Deputies
The two deputies that received the bullet proof vests posed for pictures outside of Cook's home Tuesday morning.
By: Alex Heaton
Robert E. Cook can barely walk, but he is doing his part for his community during the season of giving.
Cook, a World War II veteran, donated $13,000 to the Richland County Sheriff's Department to purchase two bullet proof vests. World War II veteran Cook fought in some of this nation's bloodiest battles, including D-Day, so he says he knows the importance of being protected. He said he never wants the Richland County deputies to experience what he had to in war.
"You could never look up because shrapnel was falling from the sky," Cook said. "We'd lie on our backs at night and watch our B-52's fly over. Sixty would go and sometimes only five would come back, and that's what bears on my mind.
The vests Cook's money purchased will go to two deputies who patrol his Irmo neighborhood. The pair say they are humbled by the donation.
"It blew me away today that a guy that fought for our country thought about a little guy like me, down on the county level," deputy Dujuan Council said.
"That's the relationship we try to work on everyday with the community," deputy Mohanad Gabr added.
Cook hopes that his donation will allow the deputies and their families to rest easily at night.