UPDATE: Cooper passes after battle with Leukemia


By Anthony Cloud - [email protected]



Anthony Cloud|Daily News Det. Michael Cooper passed away on Aug. 20 after a battle with Leukemia. This article ran in May as part of our Behind the Badge series.


Bell County Sheriff’s Det. Michael Cooper is an 18-year police veteran. With those 18 years under his belt, he finds it very easy to explain why he enjoys his profession.

“I enjoy helping people and making my community a better place,” said Cooper. “I love my job, the people I work with and work for.”

Cooper, 56, of Calvin, has been with the sheriff’s department for nine years. Prior to joining the sheriff’s department, he worked for the Evarts Police Department for three years and Harlan City Police for six years.

Throughout his time with the sheriff’s department, Cooper has worked vigorously to reach his goal of making the Bell community a better place. He has participated in several drug roundups, which are geared toward arresting individuals who sell drugs.

One case Cooper remembers more than others involved a robbery. He said the victim in the case was beaten, robbed and thrown into Cannon Creek Lake. Both of the suspects were arrested, pleaded guilty and received substantial sentences.

Due to his work as a deputy sheriff, Cooper was promoted to detective about two years ago.

Bell County Sheriff Mitch Williams applauds Cooper on his professionalism, work ethic and personality.

“Mike Cooper is one of the nicest people that I know. He treats everyone with respect — no matter what,” said Williams.

According to Williams, Cooper goes above and beyond what is required of him. The sheriff also said his professionalism shows in his case work.

“He is a huge asset to this agency,” Williams said. “Det. Cooper approaches everything in a calm, well thought-out manner, which is a huge benefit during his investigations.”

Prior to becoming a police officer, Cooper was an underground coal miner. He worked as a mine foreman and electrician machine operator for a total of approximately 19 years.

Cooper attended school at Pennington Gap High School and Evarts High School. He received police training at the Department of Criminal Justice in Richmond.

He is the husband of Rhonda Cooper. They have three sons — Jonathan, Michael and Morgan.

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Anthony Cloud|Daily News Det. Michael Cooper passed away on Aug. 20 after a battle with Leukemia. This article ran in May as part of our Behind the Badge series.
http://middlesborodailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_Michael-Cooper-1-.jpgAnthony Cloud|Daily News Det. Michael Cooper passed away on Aug. 20 after a battle with Leukemia. This article ran in May as part of our Behind the Badge series.

By Anthony Cloud

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