Funeral Held For Deputy and Son Killed In Jet Ski Accident

Family and friends gathered Sunday to remember a Bertie county deputy and his two year old son who were killed in an accident last weekend.

The graveside funeral service was held at Edgewood Cemetery in Windsor.

Officials say deputy Kenny Cobb and his son David were killed last weekend while jet skiing on the Cashie River.

Cobb's wife, Katrina, survived the accident. According to the medical examiner's Cobb and his son drowned, while contributing factors included impact injuries.

Cobb had worked for the Bertie County Sheriff's Office for nine years and was described good guy by friends.


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A memorial fund has been established to help the family of a Bertie County deputy who died, along with his young son, in a jet ski accident on Sunday.

Deputy Kenny Cobb and his son David, who would have turned three next month, were killed while on a jet ski on the Cashie River. The family says Cobb's wife Katrina, who was critically injured in the accident, is improving at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

The Police Benevolent Foundation has established the "Deputy Kenneth Cobb Memorial Fund" at Wachovia Bank. Donations that will provide financial support to Cobb's family can be made at any Wachovia branch .

The PBF is also taking donations through your cell phone. You can help by texting the phrase COPS COBB to 85944 and a $10 donation will be made through your cell phone bill.


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A Bertie County sheriff's deputy and his two year old son are dead after a jet ski accident.

Officials in Bertie County say Deputy Kenny Cobb died after a jet ski accident on the Cashie River late Sunday afternoon. His son David, who would have turned three next month, also died. Cobb's wife survived the accident.

Katrina Cobb has what's described as a severe head injury. Crews transported her to Pitt County Memorial Hospital Sunday night where she is in critical condition. She is a first grade teacher at Colerain Elementary School.

The Medical Examiner's Office says the father and son drowned, while contributing factors included impact injuries.

Officials say the family was riding a jet ski on a remote part of the Cashie River when the accident happened. Katrina was able to call for her help, despite her injuries, which alerted authorities to the family's emergency and their location.

The 30-year-old Cobb worked for the Bertie County Sheriff's Office for nine years.

Chief Deputy Greg Atkins remembers Cobb as an "overall good guy." "He loved his job, and he loved his family. He was a good deputy, a good father, and a good husband," Atkins told WITN.

Atkins say Cobb may have hit an obstruction in the water, possibly a three stump. He says the deputy frequently jet skied, but doesn't know if the son had been on a jet ski before.

All three people were wearing life jackets.

Donations to the Cobb family can be made at any Wachovia Bank to the "Deputy Kenneth Cobb Memorial Fund." The Police Benevolent Foundation's website will also accept donations at www.pbfi.org. To donate via text message, send the phrase "COPS COBB" to 85944 and a $10 donation will be made through your cell phone bill. All donations made to this memorial fund are tax-deductible, and 100% of the funds will go to Deputy Kenny Cobb's family.


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  • by BeeBee Location: NC on May 2, 2011 at 05:37 AM
    People that are making the negative comments should be ashamed. We have had a major disaster here in eastern nc and some of you are complaining about the lady not wanting to have the BCSD @ the funeral. People please. You must know this is very hard for this lady. She has lost a husband and son. Who knows what may she may have endured during the tornado. We as a nation need to stop criticizing what people want and respect each other. I thought the storms coming through a few weeks ago would have changed things. We need to get it together and respect each other and what they want in the final days. People get it together and leave the woman be and let her mourn in peace. God Bless the wife.
  • by anon Location: greenville on May 2, 2011 at 05:08 AM
    She has good reason to want to limit who attends the funeral to just family. She's burying the two people she loved the most, it's not about anyone but them and their family, the people that brought them into this world. We should respect their decision to mourn together privately as they watch them leave it. I would have wanted the same thing. All my love and prayers to the Cobbs.
  • by Member of the Cobb Family Location: Windsor on May 1, 2011 at 06:58 PM
    Just want to remark on the people posting these bad comments..May God bless yall and we pray that u have never have to go thru this type of loss. We are better people than to let the bad comments bring us down. We had our reason to why things were handled the way they were. So in closing just remember WHAT IF THIS WERE YOUR FAMILY would u want to read these bad comments. Thank everyone for the prayers and thoughts. We thank each and everyone. Kenny would say thank you
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      by windsor on May 2, 2011 at 05:29 AM in reply to Member of the Cobb Family
      Amen to that! Let them rest in peace now. People need to quit being so negative and let this family get thru this hard time
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      by Lisa on May 2, 2011 at 09:29 AM in reply to Member of the Cobb Family
      Cobb Family, I am sorry for your losses, your family has always been very kind and loving people. I did not know anything about the officers not attending the funeral, however I did see them ride thru town with their lights on. I fully understand Katrinas wishes but thought it was good to see them gather and show a symbol of respect, friendship, and honor...Praying and Thinking for your family.
  • by Missing Kenny and David Location: NC on Apr 29, 2011 at 01:26 PM
    I knew Kenny and his family. There will be law enforcements there. But without uniforms. So many people write crap here they have no idea they spread lies. Kenny always knew that he could die on duty, he didn't so its his wish. Also think of the child. He also died in this accident and will not be over looked because Kenny was a deputy. Think of it in simple terms Kenny had a job, but the job was not Kenny. He was a HUSBAND,FATHER and to those that knew him a FRIEND
  • by a bud Location: williamston on Apr 28, 2011 at 02:18 PM
    I knew Kenny since 07. The guy was awesome. Did his job like he was suppose and had a heart for folks. I can understand his wife not wanting officers in uniform there. We all try to support in a time like this and the numbers can be overwhelming. If the family wants to keep is small, so be it!
  • by FRED Location: Bertie on Apr 28, 2011 at 04:45 AM
    This or any of the news articles involving this should not be open for comments.... Let the family grieve.......
  • by jeremys mom Location: merryhill on Apr 27, 2011 at 05:00 PM
    it is sad to hear this about the family but i hope that mrs.cobb will make it she taught my son in kindergarten and mr kenny will be truly missed also lil david but me and my family are praying for the cobb family and mrs cobb get better ces needs you you are great
  • by Fellow LEO Location: OBX on Apr 27, 2011 at 07:38 AM
    What in the world is wrong with some of you people? Katrina is going through a horrible and tragic time in her life. Kenny was her husband and David her son and she is stuck in the hospital with critical injuries, you people need to cut her some slack instead of making things worse. I hear that there is "typical" Bertie County drama going on. Let Katrina deal with this in whatever way she wants to, if she does not want officers to be at the funeral, then let her have that say. Seeing a bunch of cops in uniform will most likely make the funeral harder on her as it will just remind her even more of what she has lost. The county can certainly do something to honor Kenny at a later time, I am a cop and I am all about honoring fellow officers, but if our presence will do more harm than good, then who am I to tell Katrina too bad what you want? This is all about her and helping her get through this.
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      by bert co on Apr 27, 2011 at 09:27 AM in reply to Fellow LEO
      so is she not going back to their home? cause that would be a reminder too. All i'm saying is you should be ugly to people supporting you
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        by mjb on Apr 27, 2011 at 10:24 AM in reply to bert co
        Is this your business? Give her and the family some respect.
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        by Fellow LEO on Apr 27, 2011 at 05:01 PM in reply to bert co
        Right, going to her home will be a very painful reminder, so that is why we should minimize any other painful reminders that are not necessary. It is our job as law enforcement to take care of the families left behind, regardless of it being a duty or non-duty related death. We make the sacrifices so the families are as comfortable as possible in a situation like this. We must respect her wishes.
  • by BERTIE 911 Location: WINDSOR on Apr 27, 2011 at 05:57 AM
    In regards to Katrina wishing to keep officers away from funeral things get really twisted up.You have to realize she has alot to cope with and sometimes during such traumatic situations it is hard to be around the people that remind you of your loved one.Please don't say negative things about Katrina.We love her and we know she loves us.Give her some space.
  • by mad Location: windsor on Apr 27, 2011 at 03:33 AM
    i really wish i had not looked at these comments. the nerve some people have. at a time like this you should post anything negative. i mean really people amaze me! you cant fix stupid!!
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