Cpl. Keith Andrew Heacook, badge number 913-10, answered his final call of duty Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Born Dec. 7, 1966, in Pompton Lakes, N.J., he was the youngest of seven children.
Officer Heacook graduated from Cape Henlopen High School and Sussex Tech with the class of 1986. Following his high school graduation, Keith earned his degree in criminal justice from Del Tech Community College in Georgetown. The first four years of Keith’s career in law enforcement began at the Wicomico County Detention Center. On June 28, 1998, he joined the Delmar Police Department, and proudly served his community for over 22 years.
He was a beloved husband, son, brother, father, and a friend to everyone he knew. The oath he took to protect and serve became more than just a job to him; it was a lifestyle. The members of the Delmar Police Department were Keith’s extended family. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for the citizens of his community, and he knew the absolute meaning of living life to the fullest.
When not protecting the people of Delmar, he worked as an accomplished carpenter and countertop fabricator. Officer Heacook was happiest when making memories with family and friends. He was the biggest supporter and best friend to his 12-year-old son, Matthew and would frequent his baseball games to cheer him on. He was also known for his unwavering commitment to his wife, Susan. The love they shared was evident to everyone they knew. He was also a dedicated son to his mother Anita, with whom he visited daily and helped her in so many ways. He will be forever remembered for his contagious smile, his happy-go-lucky attitude and his diligent work ethic.
He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph B. Heacook Sr.; his brother, Joseph B. Heacook Jr.; and his sister, Bethann Heacook. He is survived by his wife, Susan M. Heacook; his son, Matthew D. Heacook; his stepchildren, Michelle M. Colander, Clint M. Baker and Chuck M. Baker. He is also survived by his mother, Anita C. Heacook; his sister, Maryalice Heacook Berrios and husband Fernando; his brother, Thomas Heacook; his sister, Kathleen Heacook; and his sister, Anita Heacook Feaster and husband Dan.
A full police detail funeral will be held Monday, May 10, at noon, at Emmanuel Wesleyan Church, 217 Beaglin Park Drive, Salisbury, Md. The Rev. Christopher Labarge will officiate. Receiving will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. Interment will be private. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Keith’s memory to support the Delmar Police Crime Prevention Fund, c/o Delmar Police Department, 102 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Delmar, MD 21875.
“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” (Matthew 5:9)