Tuesday, 15 May 2018 22:26

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Numerous efforts started to honor Cpl. Eugene Cole

STATEWIDE - Norridgewock's Board of Selectmen issued a proclamation naming April 25th as "Corporal Eugene Cole Day".

 

The proclamation states that April 25th of each year will be a day for "performing good works, service to the community, and selfless acts".

 

A copy of Norridgewock's proclamation was posted on the town's Facebook page.

 

The town is calling on other communities, near and far, to enact similar proclamations in the corporal's honor.

 

This was one in a series of recent efforts to honor Cpl. Eugene Cole, of the Somerset County Sheriff's Office, who was shot and killed on the job on April 25th.

 

The efforts are working to make sure that tragic event will not be the corporal's legacy.

 

The Somerset County Sheriff's Office said they've submitted a bill to rename the Norridgewock Bridge in Cpl. Cole's honor.

 

They said they're working with the state legislature to rename the bridge over the Kennebec River, the Corporal Eugene Cole Memorial Bridge.

 

The sheriff's office said they will keep the public informed as that bill moves through Augusta.

 

Also notable, a delegation brought paperwork to add the corporal's name to the National Law Enforcement Memorial.The delegation traveled to Washington, D.C. to hand deliver those papers.

 

The Somerset County Sheriff's Office posted photos from the visit to their Facebook page on Monday. Members from nine different police departments were present to hand over the papers.

 

And the community out reach efforts have been growing in Penobscot County too. The Brewer woman who started a GoFundMe to cover the corporal's funeral costs said they've officially gone past their $20,000 goal.

 

Brandy Ellis started the fundraiser when she heard Cpl. Cole's family had an unexpected $20,000 cost for his funeral, which was held in Bangor.

 

The GoFundMe raised thousands of dollars just days after it was started. Ellis said the surplus funds will be delivered to the Cole family.

 

And on Friday, there is another upcoming way to honor Cpl. Cole's legacy.

 

Cumberland Farms will be hosting a state-wide fundraiser at all of their convenience stores.

 

They said they will be donating ten cents from every coffee and "chill zone" beverage purchase to the corporal's memorial fund.

 

Kelly Mitchell

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Kelly Mitchell joined the news team in March of 2018. She grew up splitting her time between York, ME and Haverhill, MA, but her favorite childhood memories took place along the rocky coast of southern Maine. She's now excited to explore other parts of the state.

She graduated from Suffolk University, where she got her first taste of journalism covering the Boston Marathon bombing trial live from the courtroom. She spent the end of her college career working as a writer at WHDH in Boston.

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