His hometown of Norridgewock has declared Thursday Corporal Eugene Cole Day and people there are giving back in his honor.
Last year the center of town was a command post, its residents heartbroken as authorities searched for the man who killed the longtime law enforcement officer.
Local officials said that the community is working to recover from its loss and is looking to do something good that Cole would be proud of -- collecting nonperishable food and personal care items that will be donated to local organizations and food pantries in honor of Cole.
"I think it's something that allows everyone to contribute in their own way and give back in their own way, small or big. Encourage people to volunteer, be active in their community, give back, pay things forward and really carry out what Gene stood for within our community," Town Manager Richard LaBelle said.
Donations will be collected throughout Somerset County and will be delivered on Thursday.
"It's something that has the potential to be high impact and wherever we collect we want to put it back, so our collection here in Norridgewock will stay with organizations in Norridgewock," LaBelle said.
LaBelle said the community plans to do this in Cole's honor every April.