Spider-Man Showed Up at a 5-year-Old’s Funeral—When I Found Out Why, I Couldn’t Hold Back Tears

This year we’ve seen story after story about police officers behaving badly, but there are so many inspirational stories about these brave men and women who risk their lives every day to serve and protect us that go unnoticed.

Take police officers like Damon Cole of the Fort Worth Police Department for example. His deep love for others, beyond the call of duty, is a powerful portrait of compassion in action.


(Photo: courtesy of Damon Cole)

According to, on April 2 Officer Cole was called to the scene of a backyard pool to find a missing 5-year-old named Joshua Garcia. The pool was unusable and full of garbage and black water. Officer Cole jumped in to try to locate the boy, but the dark water made it extremely difficult to see anything.

Eventually, Officer Cole discovered Joshua’s lifeless body near the surface. Emergency crews performed CPR, but he never came back to life.

When little Joshua passed away, he was wearing a Spider-Man shirt and shoes. Joshua’s older brothers discovered Officer Cole was a part of Cops and Kids, an organization that dresses up as superheroes to inspire kids, so they made a simple request: Would Officer Cole come to the funeral as Spider-Man to honor their little brother?

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The answer from Officer Cole was a definite, yes.


(Photo: Philip Townsend / WFAA)

“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

He went on to say, “I don’t view myself as a hero. I just wished I had super powers to save that boy.”

This inspirational story is a powerful reminder for all of us to love deeply, care from the heart, and to step up to do what it takes to love and serve others—even in the midst of unimaginable loss.

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