Reserve Officer Lester H. Cole

Reserve Officer Lester H. Cole

Palo Alto Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, January 31, 1969

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Lester H. Cole

Reserve Officer Lester Cole was laying flares at an accident scene when he was struck and killed by the driver of an automobile. The driver reported he never saw the officer.

Officer Cole was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Merchant Marines. He had served as a reserve officer with the Palo Alto Police Department for 14 years and was survived by his wife and children.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge R-9
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

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Thinking of my Dad today ....
Pleasant thoughts of camping, hugs after work as he was still dressed in his uniform. Model trains in the garage and learning how to ride my bike on Suzanne Court in San Jose.
Mom never remarried and 94 this year. She always sighs when I mention him and says he was a wonderful man ❤️
Always in my heart
Loving you a little more today
Your daughter Elizabeth

Elizabeth Thompson

March 9, 2020

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