NEWARK, Ohio — Hundreds endured cold temperatures Saturday in Newark to pay respects to Officer Thomas Cottrell, Jr.
Cottrell, 34, a Danville police officer, was shot and killed on Sunday, Jan. 17 in the line of duty. His killing has left the small community shocked.
A funeral service was held Saturday morning at the campus where Cottrell graduated from the police academy, at The Ohio State University campus and Central Ohio Technical College in Newark.
Some of those who came to pay respects said they didn’t know Cottrell personally. Beth and Steve Franks of Heath said they wanted to show support for police and for Cottrell’s family.
“I also have a nephew that is a police officer down in Nashville, Tenn.,” Beth Franks said. “So it could happen to him and he’s in the line of duty a lot.”
Along the procession route from the funeral service to Wilson Cemetery in Newark, flags waved in honor of the fallen officer. Greg Dawson used duct tape to secure a flag to the electrical pole near his home.
“Any time you see any of our troops or any of our law enforcement have a life taken and, in a case like this, for no reason, (it’s) just so sad,” Dawson said.
Officers from across the area and out of state attended the funeral.
“We’re one big family,” Akron Police Detective Glenn Payne said. “Doesn’t matter from Chicago, New York, California. We come together as a whole, as a group.”
As helicopters flew overhead, “Amazing Grace” could be heard on bagpipes, marking the end of watch for Officer Thomas Cottrell, Jr.