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Elieser C "Eli" Colonroche
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Birth: Mar. 14, 1956
Puerto Rico, USA
Death: Jul. 5, 2011
Lee County
North Carolina, USA

Patrol Officer Eli Colonroche succumbed to injuries sustained at about 9:30 am while participating in a training exercise at the Central Carolina Community College.

He and several other officers were descending a four-story rappelling tower when he collided with the tower's third story. He continued his descent to the ground where he was evaluated by other officers. He was transported to a local hospital where it was determined he was suffering from internal bleeding. He was flown to UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill where he passed away at about 6:00 pm.

Officer had served with the Sanford Police Department for nine years and had previously served as a U.S. Army MP for 22 years. He is survived by his wife and three sons.

A retired military policeman who served in the Army for 22 years with the 82nd Airborne Division, Colonroche, a native of Puerto Rico, joined the Sanford Police Department in August 2002 and was known as a dedicated lawman.

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Elieser Colonroche, 55, of Sanford, N.C. died Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, N.C.

He was born in Puerto Rico on March 14, 1956, to the late Pablo Colon and Olga Roche. Mr. Colonroche was retired from the United States Army after 22 years of service in the 82nd Airborne Division. He was a Police Officer for the Sanford Police Department with almost 11 years of service. He greatest pastime was sky diving.

He is survived by his wife, Rosa Colonroche; three sons, Eliecer W. Colonroche and Jonathan Colonroche both of Sanford and Damian Franchessy of Raleigh; five brothers, Antonio Colon, Pablo Colon, Wilfredo Colon, Rafael Colon and Eduardo Colon all of Puerto Rico; two close nephews, Leslie Colon Torres and Eliezer Colon Torres; one grandchild and many other nephews.

The family will receive friends Saturday, July 9, 2011, from 6-8 PM at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home and a graveside service will be Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at 10:00 AM at the Sandhill's State Veteran's Cemetery in Spring Lake with full military honors.

Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery
Spring Lake
Cumberland County
North Carolina, USA
Plot: Section 1A plot 23
Created by: James Myers
Record added: Jul 06, 2011
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Elieser C Eli Colonroche
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R.I.P tio ely
- Ely colon
 Added: May. 26, 2015
Thank you for your service to our country
- James Myers
 Added: Nov. 11, 2014
Thank you for your service, Veteran's Day 2013
- James Myers
 Added: Nov. 11, 2013
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