Police Officer Zachary Dale Cottongim

Police Officer Zachary Dale Cottongim

Louisville Metro Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, December 18, 2021

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Zachary Dale Cottongim

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, two children, father, mother, two brothers, and three sisters. His father also serves with the Louisville Metro Police Department.

A portion of I-64 was renamed the Officer Zachary Cottongim Memorial Highway.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 7 years, 2 months
  • Badge 7239

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

disabled motorist

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“But now that he is dead, why should I go on fasting? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.””
‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭12‬:‭23‬ ‭

Zach, my hope is seeing you one day. You were brave. You were kind. You were loving. We will see each other one day, my sweet brother. ❤️❤️❤️

Sergeant Christina Beaven
Louisville Metro Police Department

December 18, 2022

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