Somerset Sheriff’s Deputy Cpl. Eugene “Gene” Cole was killed while on patrol in Maine last week. He had done 13 years of service to the state of Maine before he was involved in a shooting that took his life.
The shock incident in the typically peaceful area has stunned residents and fellow law enforcement officers alike.
Family along with thousands of friends and fellow officers gathered Monday to honor the memory of Cole in a local arena. State police vehicles lined the road as Cole’s remains traveled toward the arena.
The visuals were stunning in the arena as the memorial for Cole began. The stadium was filled with uniformed law enforcement, standing at attention, as Cole’s casket was wheeled toward his waiting patrol car.
One photo of the event has caught the attention of the public. A picture posted by local news channel ABC/WMTW-8 shows the massive police presence in the audience, standing at attention to honor Cole. The caption said, “This entire section of the Cross Insurance Center is filled with law enforcement honoring Cpl. Cole.”
The post had one thousand likes at the time of this posting.
This entire section of the Cross Insurance Center is filled with law enforcement honoring Cpl. Cole.
R.I.P. Cpl. Eugene “Gene” Cole