MEDINA, NY (WKBW) - It was a somber Saturday morning for the Orleans County community who came to pay their final respects to a local hero who died while serving his country.
Local Patriot riders, community members and former service members lined the sidewalk outside of St. Mary's Church in Medina, NY, holding flags and saluting as a group of Marines in full dress uniform carried the body of Staff Sergeant Trevor Cook out of the church while a bag pipe squeezed out "Amazing Grace."
"Sergeant Cook was a phenomenal Marine. He was a sergeant, a leader, a mentor to my younger Marines. Someone who they all looked up to, someone who was aspiring to great things as a Marine for years to come," said Lt. Colonel Ian Clark of the United States Marine Corps.
Sergeant Cook died when his helicopter crashed during a training exercise at Camp Pendleton near San Diego California on July 6th.
The small community of Lyndonville and the surrounding areas have swelled with pride for their fallen hero, while also heat-broken for loss of one of their own.
"It's a terrible loss. We didn't know the Cook family but any loss of service member is a tragedy. it's felt by everyone," said area resident Lori Gardner, who brought her granddaughter to the church Saturday morning to pay their respects.
"A lot of people take for granted doing what they freely choose to do. Whether it's go to work or recreate. It's all because of men who have gone before him and men like Sergeant Trevor Cook who laid down his life," added Bill Brainard of the Patriot Riders.
Sergeant Cook leaves behind a sister, his parents and his wife.