COLUMBUS—The Ohio Senate passed legislation this week introduced by State Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) that would designate a portion of State Route 205 and U.S. Route 62 in Knox County as the “Officer Thomas W. Cottrell Jr. Memorial Highway.”
"This legislation seeks to honor the courage, bravery, and sacrifice of Officer Cottrell who devoted his life to serving the people of this nation," said Hottinger. "I hope this small act goes a long way in showing our gratitude for his service and is a reminder to those who knew and loved him that his memory will live on."
On January 17, 2016, Cottrell was shot and killed during an ambush attack behind the municipal building in the village of Danville. Shortly after, a woman called 911 to tell dispatchers that her ex-boyfriend was “looking to kill a cop.”
A native of Licking County, Thomas Cottrell Jr. graduated from Newark High School in 2000 and earned his associates degree in criminal justice from Central Ohio Technical College in 2002.
A 13-year veteran of law enforcement, Officer Cottrell had previously served with the Frazeysburg Police Department, Thornville Police Department and Utica Police Department before accepting a part-time position with the Danville Police Department.
This week, Hottinger's legislation was added to the Senate's conference committee changes to House Bill 26, which invests $7.8 billion to fund the construction, maintenance and safety of the state's transportation system. The bill will now be sent to the Governor's desk for his signature.