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Stewart COOK


Stewart COOK

Late of Nelson Bay

Academy Class 110

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  12431

Rank: Probationary Constable – appointed 3 April 1967

Senior Constable – appointed 3 April 1976

Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed 1 January 1983

Sergeant 2nd Class – Death

Stations: ?, Newcastle ( Carrington 3 April 1976 – 5 January 1968 ), Hamilton ( 6 January 1968 – 25 February 1969 ),

Tarro ( 26 February 1969 – 14 April 1975 ), Beresfield ( 15 April 1975 – 2 June 1977 ), Berrima ( 3 June 1977 – 18 October 1982 ),

Bowral ( 19 October 1982 – 7 October 1986 ), Newcastle District Licencing ( 8 October 1986 – 7 May 1987 )

ServiceFrom  20 February 1967  to  7 May 1987 = 19+ years Service

Awards:  National Medal – granted 22 April 1983 ( SenCon )

Born:  Monday  9 January 1939

Died on:  Thursday  7 May 1987

Age:  48 years, 3 months, 28 days

Cause:  Motor Vehicle Accident – Driver – returning home from shift

Event location:  Anna Bay, NSW

Event date:   ?

Funeral date:  possibly 14 May 1987

Funeral location:  St Joseph’s Catholic Church, East Maitland

Buried at:  Cremated.  Newcastle Crematorium, Beresfield, NSW

 Memorial located at:  Newcastle Cemetery, Anderson Dve, Beresfield, NSW

NSW POLICE. Stewart COOK 7th May 1987 48 years.
Newcastle Cemetery, Anderson Dve, Beresfield, NSW

NSW POLICE. Stewart COOK 7th May 1987 48 years.

STEWART is mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance

Touch plate at National Wall of Police Remembrance, Canberra
Touch plate at National Wall of Police Remembrance, Canberra





May they forever Rest In Peace

 About 8.10pm on 7 May, 1987, Sergeant Cook was returning home to Nelson Bay at the end of his shift. As he was driving through Anna Bay his vehicle crossed to the incorrect side of the roadway and collided with an oncoming vehicle. He sustained severe head and internal injuries and died a short time later.


The sergeant was born in 1939 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 20 February, 1967. At the time of his death he was attached to the Newcastle District Licensing Section.


Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995),

Wednesday 21 June 1978, page 11


Rescue of chef in Berrima fire

BERRIMA: A motel chef spent 20 minutes trapped by fire on a ledge 15cm wide and 13 metres above the ground at Berrima on Monday night.

Mr Michael Birt, 62, the chef at the historic White Horse Inn, now a mote! and restaurant,found the stairs leading from his second-floor bedroom to safety were on fire.

He climbed through a window and on to the ledge outside his room to await rescue.

Senior Constable S. Cook and a bystander using an extension ladder they found nearby , rescued Mr Birt as the flames spread upward.

The fire broke out on the first floor of the 100-year-old brick building just after 9.30pm.

Mr Birt was the only occupant and was in his room when he smelt smoke and found his path to safety blocked by flames.



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