Remembering Tuscaloosa police officer Dornell Cousette

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Many in Tuscaloosa are mourning the death of Police investigator Dornell Cousette. Many who knew and loved the fallen officer are speaking out about his impact on his community and just how special Cousette was.

Sergeant Sebo Sanders knew Dornell Cousette thirteen years, the two served together on the Police department and we close friends.

“Its a very sad moment, not just that I lost a co-worker I lost a friend a close friend. He was a hard worker, a family man and a Christian man. Everything you would want from a person, Dornell was the kind of person who would give you his last if he had it,” Sanders said.

Cousette was a 13-year veteran officer who has a family. He leaves behind two daughters and a fiance. Cousette was an investigator in the Juvenile division and was a former School Resource Officer for Tuscaloosa City Schools.

Dr. Mike Daria says he is heartbroken because Cousette was great with students and made his mark in the school system.

“When he was in our schools, our people felt safe. He was a very professional officer and we knew him to be a man who cared about our students and our staff,” Daria said.

Thursday night at 7 p.m. there will be a candlelight vigil at the Government Plaza in Tuscaloosa to pay tribute to Dornell Cousette.

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