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Photos: Cpl. Eugene Cole’s name is added to law enforcement memorial

A memorial service Thursday honored two Maine officers who were killed in the line of duty about a year apart from each other.

The name of Somerset County Sheriff’s Cpl. Eugene Cole was added this year to the Maine Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Augusta. Cole was killed April 25, 2018, in Norridgewock, allegedly by John Williams, who will go on trial in June.

Cole’s name is the 86th on the granite memorial, which recognizes Maine officers killed in the line of duty. The memorial is located on State Street in Augusta adjacent to the State House.

The name of Maine State Police Detective Ben Campbell will be added to the wall next year. Campbell was killed last month, on April 3, while assisting a driver on the side of I-95 south in Hampden. Campbell was killed by a wheel that detached from a passing logging truck.

The widows of both Cole and Campbell attended Thursday’s service.

Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Sheryl Cole, the widow of Cpl. Eugene Cole, and Tom Cole, his brother, sing a song together at the annual Law Enforcement Officers Service on Thursday.
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Friends, family, and law enforcement officers from around the state gathered for the Maine Chiefs of Police Association Annual Memorial Service observed at the memorial’s Augusta site where Gov. Janet Mills was the keynote speaker.
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Children from the Kennebec Valley YMCA's learning center watch as a parade of law enforcement officers proceed to the annual Law Enforcement Officers Service on Thursday.
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
This year the name of Cpl. Eugene Cole of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, who was killed in the line of duty on April 25, 2018, was the 86th name added to the memorial.
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Gov. Janet Mills speaks at the Maine Chiefs of Police Association Annual Memorial Serv­ice in Augusta. The service honored Cpl. Eugene Cole of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office and fallen officers from the State of Maine and nationally.
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Friends, family, and law enforcement ­officers from around the state gathered for the Maine Chiefs of Police Association Annual Memorial Serv­ice observed at the memorial’s Augusta site where Gov. Janet Mills was the keynote speaker.
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Gov. Janet Mills holds Everett Campbell as Hilary Campbell and Sheryl Cole share a hug following the ceremony for Cpl. Eugene Cole on Thursday. Hilary and Everett Campbell are the wife and son of Maine State Police Detective Benjamin Campbell, who was killed in early April while assisting a vehicle on the side of I-95 south in Hampden. Sheryl Cole is the widow of Cpl. Eugene Cole.
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Roses are laid at the Maine Law Enforcement Officers Memorial under Cpl. Eugene Cole's name following the service on Thursday.
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Officer Jeremy Turner of the Portland Police Department salutes as Taps was played at the Maine Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on Thursday.
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
The Maine Law Enforcement Officers Memorial after a wreath was placed and flag brought to half staff on Thursday.


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