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Sergeant Gilbert Cortez | California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

Sergeant

Gilbert Cortez

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

End of Watch: Monday, March 25, 2013

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: 23 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Automobile accident

Incident Date: 3/25/2013

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Sergeant Gilbert Cortez and K9 Mattie were killed in an automobile accident Route 79, near San Felipe Road, in San Diego County.

Sergeant Cortez was part of a convoy of state corrections K9 officers who were en route to inspect the La Cima Fire Camp in a rural part of the county. His marked vehicle veered off the roadway and overturned, killing K9 Mattie. Sergeant Cotez was transported to a local fire station but died before a helicopter could reach him.

Sergeant Cortez had served with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for 23 years and was assigned to the Southern Regional K-9 Unit. He is survived by his wife, two children, and parents.

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K9 Mattie
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California
End of Watch: Monday, March 25, 2013
Cause: Automobile accident

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Sgt. Cortez,
It is also my honor and privilege to Ride in your and Mattie's memory in this years Police Unity Tour as a member of Chapter VIII. Your service is appreciated and will never be forgotten, rest in piece, we have the watch.

Deputy Sheriff
Flagler County Sheriff's Office
February 21, 2014

 

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