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Ambulance, Police, Rescue, Sheriff
Current EMT members
(Emergency Medical Technician)
licensed by the State
Jennifer (Koski) Ruuska
Past Members of the Ambulance Squad
(Please send other past members that
we do not have listed)
Fischer, Bill 53,2008
Matson, Cindy (Engle)
The Fire Department took delivery of a new 1978
Chevrolet Modular, November 17, 1978
We did not have First Responders at this time.
One of the first Ambulance Services in Cook was
provided by Bill Lobe, owner of Lobe Chevrolet Company. He had taken
in an old Packard hearse on trade. He made this vehicle available to be
used as an ambulance. No training, who ever was available headed
down the road, threw the patient in the back and raced back to Dr Heiam's
1959, 26 October,
when the Cook Hospital
opened Ken Leding started his ambulance service with a new 1959 Ford station
wagon. He also used this rig to haul bodies to the mortuary that
he was affiliated with. 1964, Ken bought a nice 1959 Cadillac ambulance
from the North Saint Paul Fire Department. He ran this until the
last day of 1969 when he closed down the business.
1970, the Cook Fire Department with help from
the hospital staff operated a rented ambulance from the Gold Cross Department
in Duluth. This spring a number of people took training.
1970, 15 June,
a new 1970 Chevrolet Suburban
was delivered to the Fire Department, it cost $8,500.
1978, 17 November. The Cook Fire
Department received it's first modular
ambulance, it cost $30,000.
The last Department members
Albert Hietala, Chief, joined the department, 16
Jan 1988, retired 30 May 2008
joined the Department; 16 Mar 2006, closed 08 December 2008
Past Police Department Members
Police Commission members
Vogt, Arlee Olson, Don Simonson, Richard
Buckingham, Harold Johnston, Dan Manick
1937-1938, Bert Frazee,
1937-1938, Pat Clune,
1948, 10 Oct., Dick Hanson,
1956, 11 Jun.,
Richard Harding until Sep 1960.
His first squad car was his
1949 Cadillac. He later bought a new 1957 Plymouth.
Johnnie Cash for speeding through
Cook in 1959. The young fellows around town called him
1959, 01 Aug, Arnold
Simonson, he retired
on 15 Apr 1966, died
22 Jan 1999, died in 1962,
he used his 1949 Plymouth
for the squad car .
Ted Beatty Sr.
served as the
interim until 1960,
16 Apr. David
Used a new black Chevrolet el Camino with a 396 engine for a squad
car. First to be called a
Police officer, when the Village became a City, others were known as Marshals.
wear a uniform.
First to attend mandatory schooling classes. David
later became a St. Louis County Deputy and served at Lake
Kabetogema for the summer then a deputy at Nett Lake for 10 months. David
passed away on June 05, 2001
at the age of 83.
1973, 01 Jul, Ray
Kelm, named the Chief on 1 Jul 1975, Ray
retired on 30 Jun 1979. City bought their first squad car on June
it was a used County squad car. Kelm's deputies, Mike Duame, Gary Martinson, Jim Boutto, Stanley
Don Fultz, Duane Milbrett, Tom Whitebird.
Ray passed away on January 9, 2012 at the age of 85.
1977, 02 May,
Pocrnich, he married Vickie Evans
of Cook while working here.
First full time second police officer, he left
01 Aug 1978
1979, 10 Apr, Tom
Whitebird, left to serve with the Eveleth
Police Department, he left on 8 Jan 1980.
1980, 20 Feb. Joe
Barnett, Gary Martinson & Jim Boutto as
1980, 10 Sep. Russ
he left on 17 Sep 1980.
1980, 13 Nov. Bruce
Teman, he left for the Virginia PD on
1 Aug 1984.
1984, 01 Jul, Ron
Silcox, he left on 11 Sep 1984 to
serve on the Eveleth PD, he is now a Minnesota State Patrol officer in this
1984, 16 Aug, Phil
Christensen, he retired in 1990.
1984, 20 Sep, Frank
Downs, he left on Christmas Day 1985 during his term
the City of Cook bought its first new squad car,
a 1985 Chevrolet
the Simonson Chevrolet dealership.
1986, 16 Jun. Randy
Kertock, he left on 19 Nov 1987.
1988, 16 Jan,
Albert Hietala, the longest serving
City of Cook Police Officer, he retired on May
1991, 11 Mar, Mike
Pasch, he left on 1 Oct 1999.
1999, 04 Oct, David
he left on 31 Mar 2000
01 Aug, Kevin Sheffer,
left on April 15 2002 to join the National Park Service at the Teddy Roosevelt Park in North Dakota.
He is now working out of the Federal Forstery office
16 Jul, Jeremy Belleville, left on 02 Jan 2006
to serve as a Deputy Sheriff with the St. Louis County Sheriff's
16 Mar, Daniel Nylund, started, laid off;
Cook Police Department closed
8, 2008. The Cook City Council voted to close the Cook Police Department
because of the financial condition of the City. Dan Nylund was the police officer,
had served the City as a police officer since March of 2006. He has a
wife and son and a new house in the City.
had a nice Police Department office in the old City Hall building. Also
a nearly new squad car. The St. Louis County Sheriff Deputies have used
our office while patrolling in this area. The County was contacted for
police protection for the City but that would also be expensive. The
City of Orr disbanded their police department many years ago. But the
County Deputies will not respond to minor incidents such as accident
reports on the City streets, etc.
Northern St Louis County Rescue Squad.
Founded 29 March 1970
Current members of the Squad
Lt. Paul Stevens, Hibbing
Lt. Derk VerSteeg, Chisholm
Lt. Larry Herzog, Mt Iron
Sgt. Tim Mankowski, Cook
Stg. Scott Holter, Chisholm
Stg. Mike Servaty, Hoyt Lakes
Stg. Warren Marolt, Virginia
Secretary, Sue Haupt, Chisholm
Treasurer, Jan Makowski, Virginia
|LeRoy Aho, Babbitt
Zack Aune, Angora
Melvin Bakk, Cook
Scott Hildreth, Embarrass
Sam Hyppa, Cook
Kristian Jankofsky, Britt
Arne, Johnson, Cook
Shane Johnson, Cook
Clyde Koskela, Cook
Trent McDowell, Babbitt
Tom McKenney, Hibbing
Dan Peliska, Mt Iron
Dan Theel, Babbitt
Past Members of the Rescue Squad
Current Deputies service the Cook area
1976, 01 Mar. Tim Harkonen,
promoted to Lieutenant, Hibbing office
2000, May, Greg Landgren, Orr, now assigned
to Hibbing area
May, Rich McCauly is working the Summer-time at Kabetogoma, also around Cook
2001, 15 Mar, Aaron
Nevala, his area is north of Cook
Jan, John Barrett, Cook area, also serving in the National Guard
Jan, Jason Akerson, Cook area
Adolph Johnson retired 1957,
died 07 Jul 1985
Henry "Hank" Saari. died 21 Dec 1963
1956, 17 May. Jack Ronald Allen 49 assigned to Cook to work
with Deputy Adolph Johnson
Glen Van Schyndel left for Hibbing post, 1 May 1960
1960, 01 May. Don Koski
Floyd, retired 31 Jul 1979, died 27 Jan 1984
1979, 31 Jul, Chuck Bergquist, transferred
to Duluth in 1986 to serve as the
Supervising Deputy under the Sheriff.
1984, 30 Aug.
Richard "Buck" Buckingham, Cook, retired 30 Jun 2001
....................... David Quiser, Cook, retired
1977, 22 Sep. Scott Lundgren, Orr,
retired 9 Mar 2001
1980, 01 Jul. Duane Nelson, Britt,
with the Breitung twp Police Dept from 01 Jun 1978. Retired in 2008
Cook Fire Department