Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Nicola Diane Cotton

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Monday, January 28, 2008

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Reflections for Police Officer Nicola Diane Cotton

To the family of Nicola Cotton. I attended a Blue Courage training and my group had the opportunity to honor her. Nicola Cotton is not forgotten.

Police Officer, Thelma Yellow Kidney
BIA Northern Pueblos Agency

February 28, 2024

To the family of officer Cotton and the N.O.P.D my condolences go out to you all. I literally just heard about this tragedy as I finished watching a "Hurricane Katrina" documentary. As a 15 year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department this loss is deeply disturbing, I truly hope through prayers and memories you have found a place of peace.

Atlanta Police Department

May 2, 2023

To her family I am sorry for this tragedy. I pray you all have found peace after all these years. Miss Nicola is not forgotten. I remember hearing about her murder on the news when I was only 18 years old and it made me feel so sad looking at her picture today. Tears fall down my eyes rest in peace.

Resident of NOLA. Who remembers this hero

April 25, 2023

This one has always been a bit much for me. Though we’ve never met, I think about you every time I get near Simon Bolivar and Earhart. You were so beautiful, young, and strong. Rest in heaven, you and your unborn

Nola uptown resident

August 13, 2021

Something told me to Google your name today, oh I know, I saw a picture of a fellow police officer that was killed in the L.O.D & IT brought me straight to you ..... I was around
19 .... you were the first police officer death that I recognized ever at that time... it REALLY stuck out to me.. THEN how dangerous that job was. Your story was tragic very jolting to my system.... I'm 33 now and I STILL remember you. You were not my relative, nor have I EVER met you in real life. But you were my sister in Christ. And your story Shook me.... you will ALWAYS be remembered. I Love you

sister in christ

February 19, 2021

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

January 28, 2021

New York State Police last posted a reflection on January 28, 2008. Officer Cotton will never ever be forgotten. RIP.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

August 15, 2020

I remember your smiling face at the JOB-1 office when you came in to apply for Nursing School tuition assistance knowing that the streets of New Orleans were too dangerous for a pregnant police officer after Katrina. Ms. Cotton I know you are at peace among the angels.

Counselor (retired)
City of New Orleans

March 8, 2020

I’m so sorry to hear this news. Rest easy my sister in blue and your unborn child. I will you and your family up in prayer.

Deputy Nashelette Roberts
Lafayette Parish Sheriff Department

January 30, 2020

Rest In Peace Sister in Blue. Thank you Hero and your family for your courage, sacrifice and service. Always remembered.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

January 28, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Cotton.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 28, 2019

Rest in peace my sister. Thank you for your heroism and sacrifice.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores

January 28, 2019

I remember the day vividly, a visiting officer in the great city of N.O. I was standing at the Duty Desk conversing with the D.O merely looking to exchange patches when the radio broke silence and Officer Cottons cry for help came over. The station emptied and I was left standing So many times when this signal occurs in our own jurisdiction you're able to react and provide assistance accordingly. In this case I could only stand and listen to the horrific chain of events unfold. I remember hearing mention of her then young daughter and my heart sank. GOD BLESS you Officer Cotton and thank you for your service. I think of you often when reflecting on that trip and the newspaper headline I saved in your memory.

Lieutenant L.Waldridge
Elkton Maryland Police Department

January 22, 2018

R.I.P. Officer. Mother and child are at peace in God's Kingdom.


January 22, 2018

On 06/07/17 while attending a Blue Courage class is KC MO my table of 6 officers were assigned Officer Nicola Cotton's name and asked to research her. It is a privilege to know of her service and sacrifice. She is not forgotten!

Commander Mark Baldwin

June 7, 2017

Today in Blue Courage class at the Federal Law Enforcement Academy in Brunswick, GA we honored and remembered Nicola. Students gave a heartfelt remembrance of Officer Cotton's life. You are remembered and will never be forgotten. RIP we have your watch covered!

Daniel Schmer
Kansas City, MO Police Ret - Blue Courage

April 29, 2016

Its hard to see and read about Officers going before their time. I was long retired and forever will long for the job and my Family of NOPD. You will always have a place in our hearts Officer Cotton. may you rest in peace in God's Police Department.

Retired P/O IV Christopher Mercadel
Retired NOPD

January 29, 2016

Even after the years have passed, know you haven't and will never be forgotten. Growing up, my father was an NOPD Officer. I still remember the day he told me of this tragedy, forever setting my own interest and dedication to become a LEO. In high school and college, I conducted several in depth research assignments on you, officer safety, and public perception to honor you with you being a focus point. I sincerely have the outmost respect for you. Know that your sacrifice hasn't been in vein. Truly yours - my sister in blue.

Deputy William LaBiche
Saint Tammany , STPSO -reserve

August 29, 2015

I just found out she going she was very special to me and when I meet her I know I that she could be the one but when she told she was becoming a cop I begged her not to do it but she eager to start a career as law enforcement officer so i gave her my support as long as I'm a live you will never slip out my memory and I hope I can see you again love always d'arcy ps.u remember the walks to the store at night at job Corp.

d'arcy richardson
she knows

August 4, 2015

You are not forgotten my sister. RIP

Cpl. D. Currin
WPPD, Colorado

January 28, 2015

"In Valor there is Hope."
As I sat in my office today, Officer Cotton came into my thoughts. While visiting the City and my brethren in blue, I was in the PD this fateful day. I can vividly recall listening to the events unfold across the radio and hearing the voice of Officer Cotton. Though I never had the opportunity to meet you, you are in my thoughts.
Rest in peace my fellow sister, until we meet again.

Lieutenant Lawrence Waldridge Jr.
Elkton Police Department, Elkton, Maryland

April 15, 2013

God Bless all of our fallen brothers and sisters. Your ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten. REST IN PEACE.

Lieutenant Derek Gray
New Orleans Police Department

January 28, 2013

You gave your life protecting the innocent from those that would prey on them.

Through your actions on that tragic day, you embody the true definition of a hero.

Rest in peace.


November 6, 2012

I was working there at the time. A terrible tragedy.

CPT mark Skipper
LA Army National Guard

October 1, 2012

Thank you for your heroism Officer, RIP

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

July 16, 2012

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