Submitted by his mother
Jacob Earl Cook‚ 23‚ Firefighter‚ Evanston Volunteer Fire Department‚ died April 18th‚ 2005 while looking for children in a burning apartment building. Jake had been with the department for two years and had just passed the test to receive his Firefighter Two License. Jake was an avid hunter‚ taxidermist‚ and outdoorsmen. Jake was married just three short weeks before his death. Jake was a friend to everyone who knew him and his death was felt by the entire community.
Jake had an enthusiasm for every aspect of life. He was willing to try anything and he always included his entire family in every new activity‚ from paintball tournaments to weekend hunting trips. He will always be remembered for his incredible smile and his quick laugh.
He is missed dearly.