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Hundreds turn out as trooper laid to rest

Mar 30, 2010 8:22:00 AM - thestate.com
Flashing blue lights, but no sirens, on nine Highway Patrol motorcycles accompanied the hearse that sped east along S.C. 55 from Clover, where the body was prepared.

The motorcade approached S.C. 49, at what used to be called "Five Points" when that intersection was a pentagram that also included S.C. 274. That was years ago, before civil engineers and their curbs and gutters and straight angles took all the excitement out of that preposterous confluence of highways that was one of York County's iconic places.

Five Points was a place with two convenience stores right on the corners where troopers like Cpl. D. Kevin Cusack would stop and have coffee, ask the employees if they were all right.

Now Five Points is a place 300 yards south of the Lake Wylie Christian Assembly church where hundreds of troopers and other cops converged Monday for Cusack's funeral.

The 21-year veteran from Clover - quiet and serious, courteous and devoted, gracious and nice - died Saturday on a Lancaster County highway while on duty. His cruiser crashed, and, like that, Five Points became the site of a funeral.