SC trooper battling cancer dies days after hundreds of first responders welcome him home

The S.C. Highway Patrol trooper who returned home to Hampton County last week for hospice care died Monday morning.

David Cook, 43, died around 10:35 a.m. in the Hampton Regional Medical Center after a months-long battle with cancer, said Cook’s close friend and Hampton County Emergency Management director, Susanne Peeples.

Cook had worked for more than 25 years in emergency services, law enforcement, and fire-rescue, including five years recently for Beaufort County EMS. He first joined EMS when he was a junior in high school.

The Island Packet wrote last week about Cook’s transport from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston to hospice care, when hundreds of first responders and their vehicles lined the final stretch of roadway to the hospital, flashing lights and sounding sirens to welcome him home.

The visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and the funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday, both at Open Arms Fellowship in Hampton.

There will be a procession from Open Arms Fellowship to Rivers Cemetery in Brunson immediately after the funeral.

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Lana Ferguson has reported on a smorgasbord of news for The Island Packet & Beaufort Gazette since June 2018. Before coming to the Lowcountry, she worked for publications in her home state of Virginia and graduated from the University of Mississippi, where she was editor of the college’s daily newspaper.
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