01/05/2010

Slain U.S. courthouse officer remembered as honorable, honest

Retired Vegas officer Stan Cooper was killed by gunman Johnny Lee Wicks

Las Vegas Review-Journal

LAS VEGAS — Visitors to the Lloyd George U.S. Courthouse always encountered Stan Cooper and his fellow court security officers. You couldn't avoid them if you tried.

Distinguished and punctual, and above all professional, Cooper took pride in his duty from his earliest days in law enforcement as a city police officer until the final moment of his life on Monday morning. A tall man with white hair, the 72-year-old Cooper retired in 1991 as a motorcycle-riding sergeant in Metro's traffic division. He traded his police uniform for the navy blue sport coat the security officers wear at the federal courthouse. For years he commuted to work from Sandy Valley, where he enjoyed his horses and the desert solitude.

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