Town Selectmen in Norridgewock this week issued a proclamation, declaring April 25th as 'Corporal Eugene Cole Day.'

It was on that day that Corporal Cole was shot to death by a man who allegedly stole his cruiser, committed a theft at a convenience store, and then ditched the truck. John Williams now faces charges in connection with the crime that Mainers are still struggling to comprehend.

Gene was well-known in Norridgewock as a fair and personable member of the Somerset County Sheriff's Office, who was always willing to help others in any way that he could. It's that spirit that the Board of Selectmen hope to continue with this Proclamation.

"This day shall be a day recognized in the Town of Norridgewock by performing good works, service to the community, and selfless acts," the proclamation states.

Town officials hope that other communities across the state, and perhaps even the nation, will join them by honoring Corporal Cole. Another honor currently in the works would see the Norridgewock Bridge, over the Kennebec River, renamed the Corporal Eugene Cole Memorial Bridge. That move will require legislative approval, so will take a little more time.


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