Officer Thomas W. Cottrell Jr. Award

Officer Thomas W. Cottrell Jr. Award


The Officer Thomas W. Cottrell, Jr. Award for Character and Dedication to Public Service is given out at each Peace Officer Basic Training graduation ceremony during the academic year. The selection of the recipients is based on many factors including, but not limited to, academic success and overall leadership and character.

The $1,000 award assists the recipient with equipment purchases and other expenses associated with beginning a career in law enforcement.  

The award is presented by the Cottrell family in memory of Officer Thomas W. Cottrell, Jr., who was senselessly killed in the line of duty while working in the Knox County town of Danville in January 2016.

​It is the highest honor a COTC Peace Officer Basic Training​ cadet can receive.


Nov. 2019 - Graduation BAS Class #18-030​

​                       William Duston


Pictured above (l-r): William Duston, Melissa Osborn (mother of Officer Cottrell), Courtney and Brooklyn Cottrell (daughters of Officer Cottrell) and COTC President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D.

May 2018 - Graduation BAS Class #17-050

                   John Fridinger

May 2018 - Graduation BAS Class #18-050

                   Jeremy Justice II


Pictured above (l-r): Courtney Cottrell (daughter of Officer Cottrell), Melissa Osborn (mother of Officer Cottrell), John Fridinger, Jeremy Justice II, Alycia Cottrell (daughter of Officer Cottrell) and Brooklyn Cottrell (daughter of Officer Cottrell)

December 2017 - Graduation BAS Class #17-031

                  Wesley Jackson​


                     Pictured above (l-r): Courtney Cottrell, Melissa Osborn (mother of Officer Cottrell), Wesley Jackson and Brooklyn​ Cottrell​​

May 2017 - Graduation BAS Class #17-008

Timothy Smith
​Pictured above (l-r): Courtney Cottrell, Timothy Smith, Melissa Osborn (mother of Officer Cottrell) and Brooklyn​ Cottrell

December 2016 - Graduation BAS Class #16-034 and BAS Class #16-035

Aaron Hanson and Matthew Newlun
 Pictured above (l-r): Aaron Hanso​n, Melissa Osborn (mother of Officer Cottrell)​ and Matthew Newlun

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