Dallas police officer takes job to superhero status

It isn't enough to serve and protect for one Dallas police officer.

The super cop is taking his job to superhero status, even driving across the country to make a sick child's day.

Sr. Cpl. Damon Cole often trades in his city blues, transforming into Superman. But the costume and cape aren't enough -– his personal car is tricked out, too.

"I can just hit a switch and activate the red lights…that activates all the red neon in the trunk," said Cole. "For a little kid, that is a humongous deal."

And why stop with one superhero when he can be two? It takes a lot of personal time, effort and money to be both Superman and Iron Man, and it comes with some ribbing, too.

"I get teased like no body's business at work," said Cole. "I mean, nothing is harder than going in front of my peers."

But for Cole, it's more than worth it. He uses his powers for good through the Heroes, Cops and Kids program, teaching children about law enforcement.

So it should come as no surprise that when Cole read on Facebook about 7-year-old Bryce Schottel with cancer, he hopped in his car and drove not down the street, but 11 hours to Illinois to give him a super surprise.

Cole and Schottel spent several hours goofing around and playing video games.

Cole even visited Schottel's school and helped with a fundraiser.

Cole used three days of his vacation time and money out of his own pocket, but for him, connecting with children is more than reward enough.

"This is my way of making my difference," said Cole.

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