DANVILLE - Proceeds from fish fry, held at the St. Luke's Community center in Danville on Friday, will benefit the family of fallen Danville police Officer Thomas Cottrell.
The lively dinner, which was held from 4-7 PM, had lines that extended out the door for several hours with attendees who traveled from across the state.
Cottrell's life partner, Tanya Rayburn Elliott and his daughters, Courtney, Brooklyn, and Alycia, were presented with a check for $4,000 collected from officers with the Newark Police Department by Newark Police Chief Barry Connell.
The suggested donation at the dinner was $8 for adults and $3 for children, but many chose to give more. The evening's menu consisted of beer batter fried fish, baked fish, green beans, cheesy potatoes, numerous desserts, and drinks.
Numerous volunteers from the Knights of Columbus Council 910, who hosted the event, including several teens, assisted in serving food and clearing tables.
One half of net proceeds from the dinner will be given to Cottrell's life partner, Tanya Rayburn-Elliott. The other half will be given to his three daughters.
Officer Cottrell, 34, was gunned down in January outside the Danville Municipal Building. Herschel Jones III was arrested shortly afterward and is now facing aggravated murder charges.