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

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

Your courage and heroism will always be remembered. Your bravery set's a true example of a True Police Officer. I am a former resident of the city of New Orleans, but I wish I could have been your back-up to assist you on that day my brave sister. Some people really just don't know what "we" as police officer's go through on a daily basis. I pray that the Lord will continue to be with your family and you will always be remembered and never forgotten. The bravery you have demonstrated will never be forgotten and will always be respected. I wish I had the opportunity of meeting such a brave fellow officer. Rest In Peace my Sister.

Sergeant Curt J. Carson
University Of Arkansas Medical Science Police Department

July 11, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 4th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect, and your memory will always be honored and revered. .

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. I hold your family in my heart's embrace today

.Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 28, 2012

I had the pleasure to attend school with her in Texas. She was always positive the times I was around her. It is sad that I did not get enough time or take the time to become better acquainted with her. But it was a pleasure to have know her while I had the chance to. She will be missed dearly by her family and friends.

Civilian - Dispatcher
Tina Everett
Waxahachie PD - Texas
Friend/school mate

January 28, 2012

Cotton......... Just dropping by to say hello. There is not a single day that goes by when we walk into the station and roll call room and look at your picture and remember that you made the ultimate sacrifice! God bless you and your family and your in our prayers everyday!

Sixth District Officers

December 27, 2011

I had the wonderful pleasure of knowing Nicola as we were both students at North Texas Job Corp in 03! She was a very sweet young lady, so imagine my amazement when I heard the news that my buddy had been so brutally taken from this world by someone that needed serious mental assistance. I just wanted to say that I loved Nicola's boisterous personality, and I was always tickled by how fast she talked...serious, and sometimes silly, she was a joy to be around. Rest in the arms of our Father now Nicola...your job is done!
To Nicola's family, I know the pain of loss...but think of her now as she was, and know without a shadow of a doubt, your baby is an angel in heaven now! I will keep you so graciously in my prayers. God Bless us all!


August 16, 2011

I was doing a paper on the dangers of policing when I thought about a female officer that was killed in New Orleans a few yrs ago. I research the incident that led me to this website. May God continue to be with her family, friends, and all law enforcement officers.

Tracie Hunter
criminal justice student

July 5, 2011

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