A special graveside memorial service was held at Alta Mesa Memorial Park Thursday, Jan. 31, at 11 a.m. to honor former Palo Alto Police Officer Lester Cole, a reserve officer who died in the line of duty 44 years ago to the day.
Police Chief Dennis Burns and 45-year Palo Alto Police Department (PAPD) veteran Dennis Neverve, who knew Cole personally, spoke at the 30-minute service.
Members of Cole's family also attended the service, as did members of the PAPD Honor Guard. Cole was laying flares at the scene of a traffic collision on Alma Street on Jan. 31, 1969, when he was hit and killed by a vehicle.
"Cole was the first officer in the history of our department to lose his life in the line of duty," police stated in the release.