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Bluefield Officers, Officials remember Lt. Aaron Crook


We now know the name of the Bluefield Police Officer who died in the line of duty Tuesday morning. Aaron Crook died in a multi-car crash on Princeton Avenue. A nine-year veteran of the department, he recently had been promoted to Lieutenant.

Many of those who knew Lt. Aaron Crook are still coming to grips with the tragic accident that took his life. But for those who knew Crook, they knew him as more than a police officer, they remember him for the person he was.

Lieutenant Aaron Crook was a Marine before joining law enforcement leading Chief Dennis Dillow to know there was something special about him.
"I didn't just think that he was going to make a good policeman, I knew that he would make a great leader."
Crook worked overnights for the department, and his goal was clear. "When he was in command of his shift, his men knew what he expected, and that was to take care of this community."
Bluefield's Mayor Tom Cole first met Lieutenant Crook... when he was Detective Crook... investigating a customer who obtained a car under false pretenses. "And he came up, and I was just so impressed by the way he carried himself, his demeanor, the way he interacted with me and my employees... and the biggest piece of it was, he got the job done!"
The last time an on-duty officer died in Bluefield was in 1942. So Crook's death is something Dillow takes very personally. "They're all my men... and I lost one. So... um... that's more, more close to heart, because I didn't just lose an employee... I lost a friend."

If you would like to honor Lt. Crook, there will be a visitation on Friday night from 5-8 pm, and a funeral on Saturday at 11 am. Both will be held at the Brushfork Armory.

As for the the crash that took Aaron Crook's life, West Virginia State Police say it could be months before the investigation into Crook's death is finalized.

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