COTC to Honor Fallen Danville Police Officer Thomas Cottrell
April 4, 2016 - 2:04 PM
NEWARK – Central
Ohio Technical College (COTC) President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D., will make
a special announcement on April 21 about plans to honor fallen Danville
Police Officer Thomas Cottrell. The announcement will occur during a
COTC law enforcement alumni event on COTC's Newark campus. Cottrell was a
2002 graduate of COTC's Basic Police Academy. He was killed in the line
of duty while working in a small town in Knox County in January.
law enforcement community is a very tight knit group, and the loss of
any officer hits the community hard," said COTC Institute for Public
Services and Safety Director Kevin Reardon. "However, since Cottrell was
a COTC graduate, that makes the impact huge on our campus and for our
A group of COTC law enforcement alumni will be returning to campus to speak to students as part of a panel discussion called The Reality of Law Enforcement: Risk and Reward.
The event allows students to learn from and network with graduates who
are already out working in the law enforcement community.
death of Officer Cottrell as the backdrop, the panel will talk about
the dangers of a law enforcement career along with the rewards of
serving others. Seven COTC law enforcement graduates will participate in
the panel discussion:
Mark J. Weiner, Director of Victim Services Licking County Sheriff's Office Criminal Justice Technology, 1992
Sheriff Randy Thorp, Licking County Sheriff Licking County Sheriff's Office Criminal Justice Technology, 2000
Officer Jarrod Conley, Detective Newark Division of Police Law Enforcement Technology, 1999
Whitney Babbert, Probation Officer Licking County Court of Common Pleas – Adult Court Services Human Services Social Services, 2009
Officer David Burris, K-9 Unit Newark Division of Police Law Enforcement Technology, 2005
Officer Jillyan Will, Patrol Officer New Albany Police Department Basic Police Academy, 2015
The panel discussion will occur April 21 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Melissa Warner Bow Grand Hall
located in the John Gilbert Reese Center. The program will include time
for student questions. Both COTC and The Ohio State University at
Newark students are welcome to attend.
The program is co-sponsored
by: COTC Alumni Council, COTC Institute for Public Services and Safety,
and the COTC and Ohio State Newark Office of Career Development and
Experiential Learning Services. For more information contact the Office of Career Development at 740.366.9453.
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