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Sergeant Paul Lawrence Cole

Ingham County Sheriff's Office, Michigan

End of Watch Sunday, October 6, 1996

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Reflections for Sergeant Paul Lawrence Cole

Rest in peace Sergeant Cole.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 15, 2019

Wow Paul...cant believe you have been gone for 20 years. Time sure passes quickly. You are still are in our thougths. Rest in Peace Brother...

Officer Mike Thornton (Retired)
Ft Collins PD Colorado (also classmate - HHS 74)

October 6, 2016

PC Thinking of you on this day. Time sure passes by so very fast. God bless you and your family during these hard times. Thank you for your service to us who live in Ingham County. I still flash my head lights every time I go on Barnes road, which is every day due to where I live. Just saying hi.

Retired Captian 5018 John Conaty
Ingham County Sheriff Dept.

October 6, 2015

PC you were in my thoughts today. God bless you for your service

Captain John Conaty
Ingham Cunty Sheriff Dept.o

February 9, 2015

A police officer should be remembered not by how he died, but how he lived! A great man has gone to secure a safe path for the rest of us to follow. Thank you to you, your family and the Ingham County Sheriff's Office. Our country is a little less safe without you. Rest in Peace Brother!


December 7, 2014

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

December 7, 2014

Hey Paulie well it happened again brother Ingham lost another Deputy. Sure brings back really hard memories. Sorry I haven't hollered sooner miss everyday Brother. Taken of Deputy Whitaker he is really new.

Detective Retired Rodney Beals
Ingham County Sheriff

December 7, 2014

PC, not a day goes by that you are in my prayers. I bought a chunk of land just down the road where you were taken from us much to soon. As I pass my headlights flash letting you know you are not forgotten.

Captain John Conaty (Retired) 1995
Ingham County Sheriff Dept.

October 7, 2014

What's up Paul?

Somehow I stumbled onto this website and what a God instance. It's the anniversary of your death. Eighteen years have come and gone. There are a lot of great tributes to your life & memory here.

Couldn't just stop by and not add a line or two. Well, I'm retired now and have a granddaughter. You surely are missed by all and you left a great legacy behind.

I'm glad I found this site. I'll have a stogie and toast to you today. I know you're in a better place :-)

Peace Brother,

Lt. Roger Lewis
ICSO/Retired 2012

October 6, 2014

Hey Pauly October 6th is less then a week away its really hard to believe its been 17 years since that terrible night it still feels like yesterday at least for me. I ran into Heather at the MSU football game you have to be so proud of her. She really has a wonderful family and Pauly Jr is doing great with his family. Andy is a senior in high school saw him to. I have now been re-married going on 3 years sure wish you could have met her she really is something. I miss you every day thanks for being a great friend and mentor. Just thought I would catch up, as I said before you will never be forgotten thanks for watching over us.

The other Bruise Brother RB

Detective Rodney Beals
Ingham County Sheriff's Office

September 30, 2013

As with so many officers you left us at a young age, well before your time. Even after all these years you are in our thoughts and prayers. Due to where I live I pass where you were taken from us daily. I used to sound the horn but now the headlights flashing is just me saying Hi

Captain Jiohn Conaty Retired 1995
Ingham County sheriff Office

July 22, 2013


It is the beginning National Law Enforcement Memorial Week and I am reminded of that terrible night when you left us. I can't believe that so many years have are thought of often. Thank you for being an angel to your fellow brothers and sisters in blue/brown.


May 13, 2012

Thanksgiving has come and gone and christmas will soon be upon us.You were in my thoughts this day. Miss ya PC

Captain John Conaty retired ICSO

November 30, 2010


Another year has passed my brother and my thoughts were with you and your family. I just compleated conducting a training class at the Sheriffs office, in the Cole training room. They done a great job with photos ect. Kathy and you son worked with us (Warthog MC) again this year for MICOP. Keep the peace and I will see you again someday.


Captain John Conaty
Retired 1995

October 12, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 13th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya


October 6, 2009


Another October passes and you are in my thoughts and prayers this day. You are missed brother.

Captain (Retired 1995) John Conaty
Ingham County Sheriff Office

October 29, 2008


Another year has slipped by and we are getting ready for our annual MICOPS motorcycle ride to Mt. Pleasant (Warthog) Motorcycle Club.I saw Kathy at a retirement party for Lt. Alford yesterday and she is doing well.
Rest in peace brother.


Capt. John Conaty
Ingham County Sheriff Office Retired

June 30, 2008

I met Paul as a kid, hanging out with us at my cousin, Kathy's house in Holt. He was sweet and fun and we always had a good time when Paul was around. He kept us lauging. When Kathy and Paul finally married, he became the best kind of husband ever. He and Kathy were meant to be together and we all knew it. When the kids came along, his 'Daddy' side evolved just as naturally as his 'husband' side. He loved Kathy and his kids and they loved and adored him... and still do. Every time I see his picture, I can still see him laughing. We all cherish our memories of Paul and will remember him always. God bless him always. With much love and great respect.

Susan Ward
cousin (in-law)

May 15, 2008

Hi Paul, I just seen this site and it doesn't seem like it has been that long ago. Your sister was my best friend. I was in shock when she pasted away in the way that she did, then you . It was so sad to see that happen to you both. Donna was a wonderful friend and so were you. You were a great police office and brother to her. Bless you both for you are now together forever.
I know you are still staying good care of her.

Family Friend

April 22, 2008

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

November 15, 2007

today on the anniversary of yoru death we wish to remember you and thank you sir for your service.

Van en Berghe
Neighbors for a Better manchesr, Nh

October 6, 2007

We just finished our MCOPS ride to Mt. Pleasant and you were in my thoughts this day. Keep the light on for the rest of us. Gods blessing upon you and your family my brother.


Captain John Conaty Retired
Ingham Co. Sheriff Office

July 23, 2007

A man remembered with love and respect never dies but continues to live on in the hearts and minds of others.

October 6, 2006

Just stopped by to say you are missed.

John Conaty Captain Retired 1995
Ingham Co. Sheriff Dept

July 24, 2006

Paul, Hard to believe its been almost 10 years since you passed. We still miss you and always will. Our thoughts continue with you and your family.

Mike Thornton
class of 74 Holt High
Officer, Ft Collins Colorado Pd

Officer Mike Thornton
Ft Collins Colorado PD

July 14, 2006

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