Officer Thomas W. Cottrell Jr. Award

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Pic of Officer Thomas W. Cottrell Jr.

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.

If you would like to make a gift to the Officer Cottrell Memorial Fund please send a check or contact the Office of Advancement to discuss other options at 740.364.9514. Checks should be made payable to the COTC Cottrell Memorial Fund and mailed to: Office of Advancement, 1179 University Drive, Newark, Ohio 43055.

May 2020 – Graduation BAS Class #19-058

Caleb Brown

November 2019 - Graduation BAS Class #19-029

Zachary Raaker

Zachary Raaker receives award

May 2019 - Graduation BAS Class #18-065 

Joshua Walker

Joshua Walker receives award

May 2019 - Graduation BAS Class #19-008

Austin Carpenter

Austin Carpenter receives award

Nov. 2018 – Graduation BAS Class #18-030​

William Duston

William Duston receives award

May 2018 – Graduation BAS Class #17-050

John Fridinger

May 2018 – Graduation BAS Class #18-050

Jeremy Justice II

Jeremy Justice II receives award

December 2017 – Graduation BAS Class #17-031

Wesley Jackson​

Wesley Jackson​ receives award

May 2017 – Graduation BAS Class #17-008

Timothy Smith

Timothy Smith receives award

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

Aaron Hanson and Matthew Newlun

Aaron Hanson and Matthew Newlun receive awards