Senior Trooper Richard Dale Cottle

Senior Trooper Richard Dale Cottle

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, May 9, 2001

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Richard Dale Cottle

Senior Trooper Richard Cottle was killed in an automobile accident when his cruiser slammed into the rear of a tractor trailer on I-35 just north of Waco during morning fog.

The semi had just been involved in an accident with another tractor trailer and was blocking a travel lane when the accident occurred. Trooper Cottle, who was assigned to the Motor-vehicle Inspection Section, was on his way to testify in a court case when the accident occurred.

Trooper Cottle had served with the Texas Department of Public Safety for almost 30 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 30 years
  • Badge 3087

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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Rich was a scuba diver and a customer of my old Waco dive shop. He was also one of the finer men I've ever met. A random last name made me think of him today. Finding this site shocked me as his end of watch was over 17 years ago.

Rich was a frequent patron of my shop. Think he enjoyed the chance to just "talk". His last assignment with the DPS was one that he really found rewarding. His last personal reflections were on a fence he was constantly working on and complaining about.

Every time I see a Trooper vehicle, I think of Rich. Like to think the good Lord just had a fence he needed a little help with. Called in some good help!

Just an old friend

May 22, 2018

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