"We see a lot of difficult things on this job and you try not to make it personal, but this is the first time I've been directly affected like this in 16 years as a police officer,'' Cole told TODAY.com. "I don't view myself as a hero. I just wished I had super powers to save that boy."
The tribute has helped the family, and it's even helped Cole to find peace.
"It's really hard to sit here and watch them bury their loved one, because I'm the one who found him," Cole said.
But the actions of this officer prove that It's not the cape or the costume that make the hero... It's the heart.
Even a broken one.