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People line North Augusta streets to welcome officer home from hospital

Published: Jun. 17, 2021 at 10:42 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 12:28 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - The community continues to rally for a North Augusta police officer who’s been fighting for his life.

Sgt. Andy Cook has been in the hospital with cancer, but he’s just been released.

Community members and police cars lined Georgia Avenue in North Augusta to welcome him on his way home late Thursday morning.

Support for Sgt. Cook

He was released from Doctors Hospital around 10:30 a.m., according to his aunt. A van was picking him up around 11 a.m. and he passed through North Augusta not long afterward.

Cook has been with the Public Safety Department since 2000, first as a firefighter and now as a police officer.

He’s been battling cancer in recent weeks, but the community has rallied around him and his family in ways that have included several fundraisers by local restaurants.

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