Death of Chief Joseph P. Cook.
Universal regret is expressed at the early death of the late Joseph P. Cook, chief of the fire department of Cedar Rapids, Ia., on December 8, of hemorrhage of the brain, after a brief illness, in the thirty-seventh year of his age. An active and capable firefighter, a strict disciplinarian solicitous of the safety and welfare of his men and energetic in building up and perfecting the department of which he was the head, he was in every respect an able fire chief, while of his qualifications as a man, “None knew him but to praise.” Joseph Paul Cook was born in Jersey City and came to Cedar Rapids with his parents at an early age. He was a member of the old volunteer fire department, and entered the paid department service May 22. t894. Five years later, in recognition of his sterling merit, he was appointed captain at the Central station and jfter three years in that position was elected chief, a position he held, withott opposition, to the day of his death. By his decease Cedar Rapids loses an efficient fire chief and an exemplary citizen, his subordinates a brave leader and a good friend, while by those more intimately acquainted with him, his decease is regarded as a personal bereavement.