Police Officer Zachary Cottongim was struck and killed by an automobile as he attended to an abandoned vehicle on the side of I-64 near the Mellwood Avenue exit. He was standing on the side of the highway when he was struck by a passing vehicle. Officer Cottongim was taken to the University of Louisville Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Officer Cottongim had served with the Louisville Metro Police Department for seven years. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Sergeant Kevin Redding died from complications as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty. Sergeant Redding had served with the Haverford Township Police Department for 27 years. He is survived by his wife and two children. Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.
Police Officer Mia Goodwin was killed when a tractor-trailer struck her patrol car on southbound I-85 near W.T. Harris Boulevard. She was blocking traffic on the interstate at the scene of a previous crash when the tractor-trailer struck her patrol car at about 3:30 am. Officer Goodwin was assigned to the University City Division.
On Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, Firefighter Jessie Henry was performing maintenance on one of the department’s fire trucks when the apparatus’ tire blew up. He was immediately transported to Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport where he passed away from his injuries a short time later.
This information is supplied by the Officer Down Memorial Page (www.odmp.org) and the U.S. Fire Administration (www.apps.usfa.fema.gov).
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