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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


I just wanted to say "thanks". Thanks for being a great friend and mentor. Thanks for being a leader that everyone could look up to. Thanks for giving us all memories we can cherish. We all miss you around here a lot. Hope you worked out that slice. Rest in Peace.


Lieutenant Tom Foote
Ingham County Sheriff's Office

January 13, 2006


You would be so very proud of your family. You are missed by many and you are in our thoughts now and forever. The bright lights flashing you see is my way of saying Hi as I pass the area where you were taken from us. Save a place for the third herd.


Captain John Conaty
Ingham County Sheriff Dept. (Ret)

July 1, 2005

PAULY, Tom retired it was kind tough when he responded to the 911 center send off. God you have no idea how much you are missed. I stopped by the cemetary and just set there thinking its been over 8yrs since that night, I still get a little choked up talking about that night it still feels like yesterday I will never forget.

Later Dude Rod

April 30, 2005

Hey PC,
Today was the anniversary of your passing from this life to the command status in the heavens. I remember when I was in hot water for the first chase of your command where a car ran into a house. You were so reassuring that the car did it on its own valition that I laught vefore I went into Fitzgerald's office with you.
A lot of people asked why we were wearing our mourning bands today. I would tell them that "A hero passed away on this day"
I miss you smile, enthusiasm, stories, and the way you would ask me "Hey, Mikey, how's it going?" I see Kathy all of the time but can not express how much she means to me! Your children are constantly in my prayers and I wish I knew what more I can do for them.
Tommy Beeson is my boss and he is the best. He is sooooooooo much like you. He can make me smile when I am down and when he does that I remember how you would to that.


Deputy, Mike Soltis
Ingham County Sheriffs Office

October 6, 2004

"Pauley / P.C."

It has been a long time buddy, but it seems like yesturday. Memories of you and your family still shine like the brightest stars in the sky.
I never had the opportunity to thank you for what you have added to my life as a Police Officer and a human being. You were a great teacher of various wisdom; proof being your children and other officers who have attempted to follow in your footsteps. Working out of the same Division and the same shift with you was truly an honor. I admired you as a Police Officer, mentor, and more importantly as a person. You provided guidance to me on a professional and on a personal level.
I have vivid memories of your family coming to see you at the station. Your sweet wife, (Kathy) daughter (Heather), and son (Paul Jr). You could easily tell how proud they were of you. Watching you interact with your family was precious, saying to myself, this is the type of father I want to be, this is the type of hunsband I want to be. Your actions are hard to follow.
It has been about nine years since I left ICSO; I still keep in contact with a few. I saw Kathy a few times since your passing. She seemed to be doing well, very active in MICOPS.
Each October 6 I remember the phone call from E.T. telling me what had happened. Only thoughts I had were "why did this have to happen to you out of all people." I would wonder what is going on up there that they need to prematurely take you away from your family. I would think whatever the reason was, you have fixed it. You know, he only calls the "best."
Generally funerals are not beautiful, but yours was as beautiful as a police funeral could ever be. I am sure that you could see from far above the more than 700 uniformed officers and hundreds of patrol cars. The most beautiful thing that sad day, was knowing that I had the honor of knowing you. I am very proud of that, I have told several people about you.
Thank you for the memories of working with you, golfing with you, and making aluminum pyramids at the Legion.
Rest in peace PC, you are thought of oten.

Deputy Mike Bankey
Leelanau County Sheriff's Office

June 8, 2004


I just found out about this web sight. I have been to see you every year, at your anniversary.

You were such an inspiration to me when I was new. I will never come close to the man, person, husband, father, or officer that you naturally were. I can still hear your voice when I am in trouble and still see your face when I do a good job. I still hear you say "Hi Mikey" when I see your picture in the lobby, and when I see your name on the memorial out front.

I can't do enough to show Kathy and the kids how much we appreciate them. They are very special people.

You are remembered and will NEVER be forgotten.


Deputy Mike Soltis
Ingham County Sheriff's Office

April 2, 2004

PC, Hey dude its been a while since Oct. 6th 1996, but I remember it it was yesterday. Clinton County lost Deputy Perry Filmore in a car accident 'WOW' does that bring back a lot of hard memories. There isn't a day that goes by that the crew doesn't think or remember all the crazy times we had. Thanks for being such a great friend. Rest in peace we will never forget. RB

One of the Bruise Brothers
Ingham County Sheriff

March 28, 2004

For the first two years of my career, I was a new and young Officer at Mason Police Department, and certainly dependent upon the assistance and guidence of the men and women of the Ingham County Sheriff's Office. I was "green", and Paul was the voice of experience, and I knew I could depend on him. I remember the many times that Paul guided me to the right conclusion of an incident when backing me up in the city. I remember during those times thinking of Paul as Officer I would try to emulate. He was a good cop who strove to do a good job consistently. None of us can ask for higher praise from our fellow Officers. And at the same time, Paul had a warmth and kindness in his mannerisms. One just knew from looking at his smile, that family came first, and then the job. And that in doing the job, helping people was the most important aspect.
Thanks Paul for all the help...I miss your smile.
Continued love an prayers to your family and loved ones.

Officer Dale Hausermann
Meridian Township Police Department

November 26, 2003

PC, Kathy and the kids are doing well, I know that is because you are with them every day. I know you are very proud of them all. I/we will all continue to look after them. Kathy has been a blessing to many families and officers by serving COPS and National COPS. Help her achieve her next goal @ National COPS. Miss yah Buddy. Todd

Sergeant Todd Jenkins
Ingham County Sheriff's Office

November 2, 2003

I never knew you, but we buried my best friend next to you.
I visited your grave the other day. Not by choice, but by chance. I went to put flowers on his stone and I walked by yours. There were leaves on it and I brushed them off. I sat for a while and looked at your grave and remembered the story of your death.
I was younger then, and I remembered watching the news stories in awe, the huge funeral, the commentaries about driving and deers. I remember thinking that you were a huge celebrity. Bigger than Officer Friendly. :-)
But you weren't. You were a good cop. You were doing your job. You didn't ask to be a hero, or a martyr or a symbol. You just protected people for a living. I hope that in death, you do the same.
I feel safe burying my mom next to you.
Keep her safe.

Just a friend

October 23, 2003

You are thought of everyday by those who served with you. Thank you for a job well done.


Our thoughts and prayers go out to this officer, family and friends.

sothern iowa

Sgt. You are in a better place now...... prayers go out to you and your family.

Police Officer A. Rendall
Detroit Police Department - 11th Davison PCT

Rest in peace Sarg, your tour is over.


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