NC man killed during Michael was a husband, dad and veteran

CHARLOTTE, N.C (WBTV) - Brian Cooper was killed on Thursday on Mocksville Highway in Statesville after a tree fell on to his car while he was driving during Tropical Storm Michael.

A very emotional Ashley Cooper told WBTV that she just had a gut feeling her husband was in trouble.

The two kept track of one another on their smartphones for safety reasons and when she saw that he was stuck in the same spot, she rushed to the scene and found the unimaginable.

“Dad I love you, see you whenever I get home,” were the last words his son Travis Cooper said to his dad before left that Thursday.

Cooper wasn’t feeling well and his stomach had been giving him problems, so he was on his way to a doctor’s appointment when the unexpected happened.

“It’s crazy because I go back and forth between what to do next and how much I’m going to miss him,” said Ashley, his wife of five years.

Ashley Cooper says the two had an instant connection and were married for 5 years with two boys, who are 15-year-old Travis and 7-month-old Wade. The two kids were the center of Brian’s world.

“I’ve come to him at 2 o’clock in the morning or in the middle of the night and say, ‘Dad I’ve got to talk,’ and he’d wake right up and talk to me, ” Travis said.

Brian, a veteran and former law enforcement officer, had a passion for public safety. He was a frequent contributor to Iredell Firewire -– a homegrown social media source filled with local reports across the county.

“He’s the guy that would stop on the side of the road in the rain and help someone,” said Ashley.

It’s that kind of mindset that Ashley and her family others can grasp to hopefully make a difference in this world, something Brian spent most of his life trying to do.

A GoFundMe account has been set up by family friends to help support Brian’s sons. Funeral arrangements are still being planned.

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