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Police Officer Jose M. Ortiz | Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer

Jose M. Ortiz

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Thursday, September 21, 2000
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Reflections for Police Officer Jose M. Ortiz

 

En paz descanse mi Hermano en azul. Rest in peace my brother in blue.

N.Y.PD. Lieutenant Ray Flores (Ret.)
September 22, 2016

Happy birthday Uncle Pete. I love you and forever miss you. I had my baby boy on 9/21/15- I WILL LET HIM KNOW ABOUT YOU WHEN HE IS OLD ENOUGH.. 9/21 is a sad day for our family, but we will always have you in our hearts. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND MAY YOU ENJOY YOUR BIRTHDAY UP IN HEAVEN WITH THE ANGELS.

Magalie Perez
NIECE-MAGGIE
March 1, 2016

Your family remembers you on this day, your 15th Anniversary, 9/21/00 eow.
Your niece Maggie had her baby boy today - so nice to have some joy on this day. Bet you are up there smiling down on her!

Arlene McMahon
mothere-in-law
September 21, 2015

I had the pleasure of living on the same block as Pete and remember how he looked forward to becoming a Philadelphia Police Officer. I still think of him from time to time. I remember him as a kind and generous person. I believe that he was a person that his daughter would be proud of.

Sergeant Frank Paz
Neighbor / DRPA
September 12, 2015

On September 21st it will be fifteen years since you were taken from your wife, daughter and family. Nicole has just started her first year of college. She has blossomed into a beautiful young lady and you can be proud of her.
Keep watching over her - especially now that she drives a car!!!! ♥ love, mother in law, Arlene

Arlene C. McMahon
August 26, 2015

Wow, it's been FOURTEEN years! RIP Brother, i do my best to help others as you did once for me. Sorely Missed, But Definitely Not Forgotten!! ~4206

P/O Jose L. Cartagena #4206
Philadelphia Police Department, 25th District
September 21, 2014

Thinking of you as your fourteenth anniversary nears (9/21/2000.)
Please watch over Theresa and Nicole and keep them safe and out of harms way.
Until we all meet again.
mom-in-law, Arlene

Arlene C. McMahon
September 10, 2014

Dad, How much I wish that I could remember. The days, months, and years go by and I wish I could remember. I wish I could remember what it was like for you to hold me, your smell, details of you. There's not a day that goes by that I don't wish that I could remember you, that I could know you. Your wife became the best mother you could have ever possibly wished for. She is my rock, she does and provides for me everything she has. I wish she'd realize just how much she means to me, and how proud I am of her. She has stuck by me through everything that has happened in my life, even if she doesn't agree with me or my choices in life, she loves me unconditionally no matter what. Recently, I have become aware of just how important it is to be loved unconditionally, and I've also become aware that not everyone is fortunate enough to have that. And I am incredibly lucky. She, Nana and PopPop, and Titi Mimi have done so much to try to keep your memory alive. And make me realize, just how much I meant to you and how much you loved me. They have also done an amazing job at reminding me of what an amazing man you were. How many lives you saved, and how you will always be remembered. Even though I don't remember, I am so incredibly proud to be able to call you my father. You will forever be in my heart.
Love always,
Nicole

Nicole Ortiz-Siffel
Daughter
September 8, 2013

I do my best every chance i get to keep your memory alive Brother. Your memorial plaque at the 25th District never looses it shine as far as i can help it. I go forward everyday knowing you watch over us continuing to do what you did best, helping the unfortunate and seeking out the predators of freedom. It breaks my heart knowing you were taking away so soon. A stolen car in your name, on your anniversary, hopefully i'll make you proud! Your Brother In Royal Blue, ~Jose 09/21/2012

P/O Jose Cartagena #4206
Philadelphia Police Department
September 21, 2012

how time passes and every corner remind me of my bestie where i always use to see him with that big smile looking at me damm how i miss you today i pass autozone where the last time i saw you smiling at me and waving bye to me..

civilian
friend from high school
September 12, 2012

Remembering you on your eleventh anniversary, Pete. Your family never forgets you.
love, mother in law,
Arlene

Arlene (Bloomer) McMahon
Mother-in-law
September 20, 2011

Tio Pete-

Thinking of you today (and always), the 10 year anniversary of your passing. We were all fortunate to have known you, even if you were taken away from us too soon. We can still hear your contagious laugh.

Rubi

Rubi Pacheco-Rivera
Neice
September 21, 2010

RIP brother.

SA
FBI
November 24, 2009

Your birthday just past and for the first time since the day you were buried I witnessed your baby brother cry for you. Remembering the times that you held each other together as only brothers could. He misses you so much. There is not one day that goes by that we don't think about you. I remember over 16 years ago when I started dating your brother, how you always cracked jokes about the house on Mascher Street and when you made it into the academy how you always tried to take someone down at a family party or holiday get together or the time you scared the life out of me by jumping out of the coffin on halloween. You left us all with wonderful memories. We will keep your memory alive and hope to become half of the person you were.

With Love,
Your Sister-in-law
Monica

Monica Ortiz
Sister-in-law
March 4, 2009

Thankyou for everything you did for our city. You will always be remembered for the hero you are. God bless your family

POLICE OFFICER
PHILA PA
February 27, 2009

You are not nor will you ever be forgotten. Your family will always be in my prayers.

Corporal
Pennsylvania State Police
September 25, 2008

To the family and friends of Officer Jose Ortiz and his fellow officers in the Philadelphia Police Department:

On behalf of our entire family, we wish to pay honor to Jose's memory on the eighth anniversary of the day Jose so tragically lost his life. His heroism, valor and bravery will be forever remembered.

May you be continue to be comforted by the support and caring of your law enforcement family, and other police survivors. We grieve for you and with you. Our family lost our beloved Larry Lasater when he was fatally shot in April of 2005 during a foot pursuit of two bank robbers, so we know the anquish, especially Teresa and Nicole, that you are still experiencing.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the years of service Jose gave to his community and the citizens of Pennsylvania, and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 21, 2000.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer
Larry Lasater, Pittsburg, CA PD eow 4/24/05

Anonymous
September 21, 2008

PAPITO...LIFE IS REALLY CRAZY, WHEN I THINK OF YOU. I REMEMBER PLAYING IN AN ALL STAR GAME AT LIGHTHOUSE, AND YOU MADE A SPECTACULAR CATCH IN CENTER FIELD. THE REASON THAT IT IS CRYSTAL CLEAR IN MY MEMORY IS BECAUSE I WAS KICKED OUT OF THE GAME DUE TO THE LANGUAGE I USED DESCRIBING YOUR CATCH. ANYWAYS THAT IS JUST ONE MEMORY. I HAVE A FEW. I PLAYED AT LIGHTHOUSE FOR YEARS AND REMEMBER YOU AS AN UMPIRE AND TEAM MATE. WHEN I RETURNED FROM THE MILITARY I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE YOU IN UNIFORM AS WELL. WHEN I SAW YOU IT MADE ME PROUD TO KNOW YOU. YOU REPRESENTED OUR COMMUNITY. GOD BLESS YOU FRIEND...EVERY TIME I VISIT PHILLY, I DRIVE DOWN YOUR STREET AND REMEMBER THAT CATCH.

LIGHTHOUSE
August 9, 2008

Jose you were such an irritating guy when you wanted to prove a point, but with out a doubt you very fair & just. You were such an aggresive officer your presence was missed the day you were taken from us. I miss our conversations. Rest in peace Hermano.

Sgt. Pedro Rosario
Philadelphia Police & Friend
May 23, 2008

Rest in Peace, my friend, my brother.

A friend from Mascher St.
May 5, 2008

We will be attending the FOP Memorial luncheon in Phila. next week with Theresa and Nicole. How sad that she was so young that her memories are distant. We will never forget you and will take her to functions where you will be honored and remembered.
love you,

Arlene


mother-in-law
April 30, 2008

Thankyou for your service and sacrifice, you are a hero for us all to look up too. GOD bless your family, you will never be forgotten

POLICE OFFICER 9TH DISTRICT
PHILA PA
April 20, 2008

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, REST IN PEACE.

N.J. TROOPER
NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE
April 15, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
January 24, 2008

12/25/07 Thinking of you today and every Holiday, Pete.
Merry Christmas in Heaven!
Love, mother-in-law Arlene


mother-in-law
December 25, 2007

 
 

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