SPENCERVILLE — Darin Cook, 53, Spencerville’s police chief for 18 years, died Tuesday evening after a sudden illness.
He died at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
He had served on the police department since 1991.
During his time as chief, he started the department’s K-9 unit with Zaro and then Bear-Bear.
“We are heartbroken and at a loss for words,” said Sgt. Kyle Miller. “He was a hell of a boss. He was a damn good man, and he’ll be missed by many.”
Cook is survived by his wife, Virginia, two children and two grandchildren.
Funeral services are planned for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Spencerville High School gymnasium.
He’ll be buried at Spencerville Cemetery, following the service.
Visitation is scheduled from noon until 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville, and one and a half hours prior to the service Saturday at the high school.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.