Officer Dresses As Spiderman To Honor Boy At His Funeral

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Officer Cole shares pictures he says were sent to him on his non-profit's Facebook page. Source: Heroes & Cops Against Childhood Cancer/Facebook

Officer Cole shares pictures he says were sent to him on his non-profit’s Facebook page.
Source: Heroes & Cops Against Childhood Cancer/Facebook

A Fort Worth, Texas police officer dressed as Spiderman for the funeral of a five-year-old boy. Family members of Joshua Garcia say officer Damon Cole was a superhero to them, so they asked him to dress as Spiderman for the young boy’s funeral.

Officer Cole was the first officer on the scene after the boy was reported missing in Fort Worth earlier this month. The officer went into a backyard swimming pool, which was filled with murky water, to search for him, says a Fort Worth police department spokesman to CNN. The spokesman says the water was almost black and there was trash and debris obscuring the mother’s view when she searched for the small boy.

Cole found Joshua and pulled him out of the water police say, but rescuers were not able to revive him. Reports say Joshua was wearing a Spiderman shirt and shoes when he died.

“There’s not a minute that has gone by that I haven’t thought about Joshua and his family,” said Cole to WFAA, the local ABC station. “And anything to honor his memory, I’ll do it.”

Officer Cole shares pictures he says were sent to him on his non-profit's Facebook page. Source: Heroes & Cops Against Childhood Cancer/Facebook

Officer Cole shares pictures he says were sent to him on his non-profit’s Facebook page.
Source: Heroes & Cops Against Childhood Cancer/Facebook

 

As a tribute the the young Spiderman fan, the family planned for a Spiderman themed funeral and buried the boy in his Spiderman costume. Officer Cole stood next to Joshua’s casket dressed as Spiderman for the entire ceremony.

“It’s really hard to sit here and watch them bury their loved one, because I’m the one who found him,” Cole said.

By chance, Cole already had the Spiderman costume. Cole started a non-profit out of his own pocket several years ago, Heroes and Cops Against Childhood Cancer. He says he is a full time policer, but he travels the country seeing children with cancer and will travel anywhere to make a sick child happy. Some of the superheroes he has portrayed include: Superman, Iron Man, Batman, Baymax, Captain America and Spiderman.

On his Facebook page, Officer Cole shared several pictures from the funeral and left this message:

To Joshua,

I wanted to tell who what an amazing little boy you are. I am very sad I never had the pleasure of meeting you. I wanted you to know that you have an amazing family that loves you so much. You had such a positive impact on each one of their lives. I listened to their stories about you and how you always brought the best out of everyone that was around you. You touched my life the day I found you. I think of you every second of the day and how I wish so badly I could have saved you. You will always be with me in my heart until the day I am taken from this earth. Then I will meet you in Heaven and I will get to see your beautiful smile in person. I promise you that I will do my best to always be there for your wonderful family who misses you so much. My heart hurts so bad right now because you are not here anymore with your family. I love you Joshua (the real Spiderman).

Officer Cole shares pictures he says were sent to him on his non-profit's Facebook page. Source: Heroes & Cops Against Childhood Cancer/Facebook

Officer Cole shares pictures he says were sent to him on his non-profit’s Facebook page.
Source: Heroes & Cops Against Childhood Cancer/Facebook

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