Sergeant Gilbert Cortez

Sergeant Gilbert Cortez

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

End of Watch Monday, March 25, 2013

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Gilbert Cortez

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.

Bio

  • Age 46
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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Hard to believe it’s been over 6 yrs. now. I think of you often. I almost came to visit you 4 yrs. ago, but that is on hold for now. You are missed by many. You are in good hands now, go easy.

Ken, civilian
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April 10, 2019

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