SOUTH AMERICA – Somerset County Corporal Eugene Cole is going to be honored from one of the highest points in the western hemisphere.
A group called Cops on Top decided to honor Cpl. Cole, and Officer Rogelio Santander of the Dallas, Texas Police Department, for a memorial expedition.
Eight people will be climbing Ojos del Salado (that’s more than 22,000 feet) later this month on the Argentina-Chile border, carrying flags to honor the fallen heroes.
The president of the group said their mission is to make sure they’re never forgotten.The effort was started more than twenty years ago.
He said this year they got many nominations for their memorial hike, but Corporal Cole stood out. Cpl. Cole was killed in the line of duty in April of 2018.
“We were struck by the sheer volume of nominations coming in from different persons all on behalf of Corporal Eugene Cole,” said Keith McPheeters, president of Cops on Top and also the police chief in Casper, Wyoming. “We’re very appreciative of his coworkers, his family members, and his friends that saw this opportunity.”
The team arrives in South America on January 25th, and start their expedition shortly after.
McPheeters said they try to call the family members of the fallen heroes from the summit. They give the flags they summit with to family members and the departments of those affected.
You can follow their journey on the Cops on Top Facebook page.