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Walter Cook

I grew up with two sisters who gave me two incredible nephews and a
beautiful niece. The biggest pride in my life is my amazing son, Wally,
who I spend most of my free time with. We enjoy camping on the weekends in
the summer with friends, fishing, swimming and just enjoying the outdoors
as much as possible. I’m an avid runner and find myself running charity
events as much as my schedule allows like the 5K for Hoosier Burn Camp, put
on every fall.

I gain great enjoyment from serving people both inside business and in my
personal life. I’ve been fighting fires since 1989 and currently hold the
rank of captain for the Merrillville Fire Department. Other organizations I
serve as a member include the IVFA (Indiana Volunteer Firefighters
Association), Legion Post 430 SAL, the Merrillville FOPA Lodge 168, Lake
Lodge 157, Masonic Temple, Scottish Rite Valley of South Bend, Orak Shrine
Temple, former member of the Merrillville Jaycees, current member of
Crossroads Chamber of Commerce and as a Board Member of Yogi Bear’s
Jellystone Park in Pierceton, IN.

1989 was the beginning of my career as an insurance agent but the insurance
world is something I’ve been around my whole life. I started by taking out
the garbage and painting for the previous owners, my parents; Original
owners were my grandparents. Being a family business our clients never
seemed like clients to me. I was raised around most of these people coming
in and out of our office for years and still consider everyone who walks in
my door as family. To keep the business alive, I received my Life & Health
and P&C license in 1990. I purchased the agency from my parents as a
third-generation owner in 2001. In addition to insurance, I have been
providing tax services for over 26 years in the same office to further
benefit our clients. Recently, I have purchased two other agencies as we
continue to grow. One is located in Valparaiso, purchased in 2012, and the
other in Chesterton, purchased in 2014. My goal is to know my client’s
needs and wants and to provide them with an insurance that fits their
need. To keep in mind my upbringing and the loyalty I have gained from so
many people in this community, it comes with great ease to treat everyone
like family.

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