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VIDEO: Police Department honors Officer Cole

Department holds special ceremony for Lester Cole, who died in line of duty 44 years ago

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.

— Palo Alto Online staff

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Posted by moi
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 31, 2013 at 10:54 am

To the family and friends of Officer Cole,

Although I cannot join your gathering, I want you to know that I'm sorry you lost someone very special to you.

He was serving our community, and we should all be appreciative.


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on Feb 2, 2013 at 11:41 am

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Posted by maditalian_1492
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 2, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Police officers and firefighters put their lives on the line every day to protect the public at large. I had a relative who was a deputy sheriff who often spoke of the things he saw on duty. The average citizen would never see or even begin to fathom.

I thank the stars that there are men and women out there doing a job that you seem to under-appreciate. I couldn't do what they have to do.


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