Police Officer Henry Lester Cotton

Police Officer Henry Lester Cotton

Perkins Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Tuesday, April 29, 1986

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Henry Lester Cotton

Police Officer Henry Cotton died from complications of an on-duty injury suffered on March 18th, 1986.

He was attempting to apprehend a suspect when he suffered a groin injury. The extent of the injury required him to undergo two surgeries. He was recovering from the first surgery when he suffered a pulmonary embolism and died on April 29th, 1986.

Officer Cotton had served with the Perkins Police Department for 19 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Tuesday, March 18, 1986

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Officer Cotton,
On today, the 32nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Perkins. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 29, 2018

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