Investigator John F. Cotter

Investigator John F. Cotter

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch Saturday, November 21, 1970

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John F. Cotter

Investigator Cotter was killed in an automobile accident on Route 17, in Sullivan County, while returning to the Middletown Station after testifying in a trial.

Investigator Cotter was assigned to the Middletown Bureau of Criminal Investigations.


  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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John F. Cotter was my father's closest friend and best man at his wedding. Although he died eight months after I was born, "Uncle Jay" lived on in our hearts. He was spoken about in many stories and was always remembered lovingly in my family. His untimely death was a loss that my father never fully recovered from.

Thank you for your service to the community and for all you gave to those who knew and loved you. There's no doubt that you touched numerous lives in the time you were with us.

“The life of the dead is placed on the memories of the living. The love you gave in life keeps people alive beyond their time. Anyone who was given love will always live on in another's heart.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

Christine Rocco

June 19, 2019

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