Joseph Gibbs Cooper

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Joseph Gibbs CooperOfficer Joseph Gibbs Cooper
Appointed: April 9, 1968
End of Watch: August 23, 1970
Cause of Death: Vehicle Pursuit

Officer Cooper, 23, sustained injuries from a crash while assisting other patrol units in a vehicle chase. At 3:30 am August 15, 1970, Officer Cooper and his reserve officer partner attempted to get into position to assist another patrol unit involved in the chase. While attempting to pass another police car on Lee Street near Elm Street, their vehicle went out of control and crashed. Officer Cooper died from pneumonia a week after being admitted to the hospital.