Patrolman Ernest E. Cole | Ohio State Highway Patrol

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Patrolman Ernest E. Cole

Badge: 122/277
Age: 24
Served: 2¾ years
January 3, 1962 to October 3, 1964


On October 1st and 2nd in 1964, temperatures in southwest Ohio reached 80 degrees; and then on the morning of October 3rd dipped to 40 degrees. The difference between the air temperature and the moist ground produced numerous pockets of dense fog. About 6:30 a.m. on the 3rd, a Franklin driver slammed into the rear of a tractor trailer southbound on Interstate 75 north of the Tylersville Road exit, killing the driver and starting a chain reaction of 20 to 25 crashes and 22 other injuries along a five-mile span of the interstate in Union and Liberty Townships. At least five ambulances, 17 tow trucks, five Butler County deputies and a dozen Ohio State patrolmen responded.

Patrolman Ernest E. Cole's badge
Patrolman Ernest E. Cole’s badge

About 7:30 a.m. Patrolman Cole of the Dayton Post and resident of Dayton was using a flashlight to attempt to stop traffic in the southbound lanes when he was struck and killed by a car driven by a West Alexandria man. His body was thrown 75 feet down the interstate.

Patrolman Cole, a 1958 graduate of Fairfield High School and military veteran, left a wife, child, and both parents.

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