Fallen Chapel Hill police officer to be memorialized in Washington

From staff reportsJanuary 17, 2013 

— The name of a fallen Chapel Hill police detective will appear on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Det. Theodore Roosevelt Cole Jr. was shot at his home in 1969 by a man he had arrested several times before. Cole was a four-year veteran of the Chapel Hill Police Department.

Cole’s name will be added to the memorial in May. Representatives of the Chapel Hill Police Honor Guard will attend.

The memorial, in the Judiciary Square area of Washington, consists of two curving, 304-foot-long marble walls bearing the names of more than 19,000 officers who have been killed in the line of duty starting in 1791.

Shortly before his death, Cole was promoted to the rank of detective but was killed before the ceremony. Last May, he was officially promoted to the rank of detective at the first annual Orange County Peace Officers Memorial Service.

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