New Canaan’s police chief said the department is creating a new award to honor a recently deceased town resident known for his active volunteerism in the community, including with emergency response agencies. Among other roles, Jim Cole had served as head of New Canaan’s Police Commission, Fire Commission and Office of Emergency Management, and was known in town as an architect of the Community Emergency Response Team.
He died Feb. 5 at age 81 following a brief illness. Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said it was “clear to me that we had to do something” in considering of Cole’s volunteer work and the “thousands of hours he gave to the town in different capacities.”
The New Canaan Police Department is establishing a Volunteer Service Award in Cole’s name, the chief said. The Cole award would represent just the second such NCPD honor that could be earned by a civilian.