Sergeant, Shelby County (TN) Sheriff’s Office
My name is Annette Cotton. I joined the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office as a reserve officer in 1988 when I was 27 years old. I remained a reserve officer for 16 years before going full time. Frankly, I couldn’t afford to take the pay cut as I made far more in the private sector. In 2004, after my son was grown and we were in a much better financial situation, I went back through the academy at 45 years old. I have never regretted that decision. I love being a cop and being a part of the brotherhood. I am sharing this because everyone has a story to tell and I would like the community to hear more about the human side of law enforcement. I am so honored to be remembered in this Museum because the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial has been a part of my life for many years.
Sherry Goodman, my co-worker and dear friend, was killed in the line of duty on July 26, 1996. I have attended National Police Week every year since.
Each year I place a current picture of the Goodman family on the wall near Sherry’s name. This is the 2018 version.
In the picture is Sherry’s husband, her two daughters and the two grandchildren she never met.
The Memorial is a special place to reflect and heal. While there, we honor our fallen. Just as important, we connect with others we may never have met. We cherish our time as we never know when our day will come.
To all who read this, best wishes. To all LEOs, be safe.