The close-knit bond among police officers was once again demonstrated in Bradenton on Thursday.
The Bradenton Police Department united in support when Sergeant Lee Cosens lost his battle with cancer earlier this year. Committed to honoring his memory, fellow officers rallied around his family.
Knowing that Cosens would never miss his daughters’ first day of school, Sgt. Pilant, Det. Freed, Det. Gow, and Lt. Deshaies stepped up to escort the girls to their classes. This touching gesture reflects the unbreakable connection within the police force.
Cosens, who served in the U.S. Army and dedicated over a decade to the department, held roles as both a patrol officer and detective. His contributions earned him a promotion to the rank of sergeant in 2021.
He actively participated in various specialized units, including the hostage negotiation team, state emergency response team, and marine unit.
In April, when Cosens passed away, the Bradenton Police Department shared a heartfelt sentiment on social media, underscoring the immense loss felt by the entire BPD family.