SAN FRANCISCO — Hundreds of family, friends and political leaders gathered at a memorial service Saturday held to honor an openly gay police officer who died when his patrol car crashed.
Jon C. Cook was remembered as a man who loved the exhilaration and adrenaline that came with being a police officer, and was proud of serving his community.
“In many cities, gay police officers don’t feel free to be completely who they are,” said Reverend Penny Nixon of the Metropolitan Community Church. “We in this city are proud of all of our police and of our gay and lesbian officers.”’
A Medford, Ore., native, Cook joined the police force last year and was still in field training.