JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Jacksonville Beach police officer who goes above and beyond the expectations of his community was honored Friday with WJXT's Positively Jax award for June.
Anthony Cooper has only been an officer for six years and has already been nominated for Police Officer of the Year. He has used his own money to buy things for children in a Section 8 housing complex at the beach. He even keeps toys in his patrol car to hand out to children.
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Cooper volunteers at the community center and helped put together a basketball team for at-risk teens in the neighborhood.
"If given the opportunity to impact one life or help somebody make the right decision, it makes it all worthwhile," Cooper said.
Cooper has been described as a great father, son and fiance and a positive influence on his community.
"Even though we have an alarm system, we can always look to Officer Cooper," Pastor Gregory Austin said. "He keeps us safe. He shows that he cares."
"It takes more than the community leaders, law enforcement and city officials. If every member of the community stands up and works together with law enforcement, you'd be surprised about what you can accomplish and what kind of community you want to have," Cooper said.
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