Flags will be flown at half-staff
Albuquerque— Flags at all Albuquerque Police Department buildings will be flown at half-staff Sunday in recognition of the 10th anniversary of an Albuquerque Police officer who was killed in the line of duty.
On Jan. 8 2002, Jeffrey Cole Russell was killed when his squad car slammed into the back of a slow-moving, 27,000-pound street sweeper on Interstate 40 in the East Mountains. The married father of four was on his way to work from his Edgewood home. Russell had been on the clock for less than a half hour.
In July 2005, APD named its Foothills Substation after Cole.
“Lowering the flags is fitting tribute to Officer Cole,” Police Chief Ray Schultz said. “It is important that we keep the memories of all of the officers who made the ultimate sacrifice alive.”