Rep. Paul Cook Statement on Hesperia I-15 Bridge Fire
WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) issued the following statement in response to the Interstate 15 Ranchero Road Interchange Project Fire in Hesperia, California:
“The news coming from Hesperia is devastating. I learned of the bridge fire late last night and have remained in contact with local officials in the High Desert. I applaud the firefighters, police, and other first responders that were able to extinguish the fire and secure the area. They protect our community every day and deserve our gratitude.
In the aftermath of this fire and collapse, I urge all residents and I-15 users to cooperate with local law enforcement to ensure a safe and speedy clean-up. I’ll be working with local officials to restart this project as soon as possible.”
A member of the House Armed Services, Veterans' Affairs, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook is a former educator who served as an infantry officer and retired as a Colonel after 26 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal with valor device and two Purple Hearts for actions in combat.