Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman David L. Cole

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, July 17, 1974

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Reflections for Patrolman David L. Cole

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman David L. Cole of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 80 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation

July 17, 2019

Officer Cole, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 11, 2019

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman David L. Cole of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 78 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

July 17, 2018

I was also a young Officer with a suburban department and Officer Cole's death made a very deep, emotional impression on that lasted my entire 43 year career. RIP brother.

Rick Hoffmeister, Patrolman
Silverton Police Dept.

May 15, 2016

IN HONORE CASORUM
Gone, but not forgotten.
Continue to watch over us.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department

July 17, 2012

Your are not forgotten brother. May you rest in peace and look down on us from time to time too make sure we are Ok. We will all be together soon laughing and joking about times past and telling war stories.

P-2
Los Angeles Police Department

August 8, 2010

David, this world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, David.

I am glad that at least one of your murderers is still incarcerated, and not paroled.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service David gave to his community and the citizens of Ohio, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on July 17, 1974.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 21, 2009

David, this world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, David.

I am glad that at least one of your murderers is still incarcerated, and not paroled.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service David gave to his community and the citizens of Ohio, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on July 17, 1974.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 21, 2009

As my career's end is coming closer, I decided to check and find those who had lost their lives during the year that I was hired. While it's been many years since your passing, I'm sure those you left behind and those whom with you served with distinction have kept you alive in their memories. Thank you for your service and for looking out for us who continue in our chosen profession. Rest in peace Patrolman Cole.

Sgt. Robert Mau Sr.
PD Joliet IL

December 17, 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
Sergeant
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

December 31, 2007

May God bless you and peace be with your family always. You were taken too early.

HPD Wife
Houston Police Dept

March 24, 2007

Thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice. As a new Officer in 2003, we still look and reflect upon those who came before us. Thank you

PO J Meister
Cincinnati Police

February 16, 2007

I recently learned that my father was on patrol in Hamilton County the night you were killed. May God bless you and your family. You died a true hero and you will not be forgotten. Thank you for your sacrifice.

Fraud Investigator

September 5, 2006

Thank you.......

June 16, 2005

Rest in Peace...................

Don Mathers

August 26, 2004

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