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Deputy Sheriff Candelario Ortiz

Dimmit County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Friday, September 12, 1913

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Candelario Ortiz

No passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 12, 2020

Deputy Sheriff Ortiz,
On today, the 106th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Dimmit County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 12, 2018

Thank you for being my role model and a hero to us all, I am very proud of you. I'm the son of Josephine Godinez Navarro, who is the daughter of Bertha Ortiz Godinez, who is the daughter of Inez Ortiz, your son. Your memory and legacy lives on.

Sgt. Ira A. Navarro
Illinois Police Reserves, Great great grandson of Candelario Ortiz

May 9, 2018

I learned of my great-great grandfather Candelario Ortiz through my mother who is the granddaughter to Louis Ortiz one of Candelario's sons. It is both exciting & heartfelt to learn of his heroic actions and unfortunate death. Reading through these reflections goes to show that you will never be forgotten. Thank you for your service-Rest In Peace.

Great-Great Granddaughter

June 5, 2017

I read about Candelario Ortiz in "Dimmitt County Mesquite Roots," also saw his name on a memorial in Eagle Pass, Texas. I have family members in law enforcement, guess that's where it all started, with Candelario. Your memory lives on. My grandfather was Inez Ortiz, son of Candelario

Rogelio Ortiz Godinez
great grandson

December 27, 2014

Deputy Candelario Ortiz was captured along with my 2nd great grand uncle, Sheriff Eugene Buck. Eugene Buck made a documentary about the ordeal called "Ammunition Smuggling on the Mexican Border" alternate title "The Dimmit County Smugglers."

JD Rott

September 28, 2014

My name is Robert Estrada and he was my Great Grandfather on my Mom's Mom's side.

Robert Manuel Estrada Sr.

December 4, 2013

I've only recently learned from my Aunt Oralia Pyle that our family had a sheriff's deputy killed in the line of duty down in Texas where my Grandfather and his family came from.May the souls of the faithful departed R.I.P.

Esteban Ortiz,Grandson of George Ortiz

November 3, 2013

I think about my 2x great grandfather often. I wander about the things that crossed his mind moments before he was assassinated. When he immigrated to Texas in the early 1800's he not only brought with him his immediate family, he brought members of his extended family too. He must have had a strong bond and loved his family very much. He must have had a desire to give his family a better life. Candelario and his life's stories have left an impression on my heart and I am ever so grateful to him for the sacrifices he made. RIP my great great grandfather.

Grand daughter of Leandro Ortiz of Carrizo Springs, TX

Deborah Ortiz Davis
Great Great Grand Daughter

September 27, 2013

I love to read all the stories I find about him it makes me proud to know that such an Honorable Patriot is part of my extended family he was my Grandmothers Grandfather and she always spoke of him. He is in the school History books in Carrizo Springs TX. Also to know his name is on the wall of Heros in Washington D.C is a great honor all in itself. Thank you for all you did for our family your legacy will live on.

Melva Ida Nieves
Grt Grt Great Granddaughter(grandaughter of Lorenza Guevara-Ortiz)

September 15, 2012

Candelario Ortiz was my Grand Fathers brother. My Grand Father was Incarnacion Ortiz. I would like some more information about my Great Grand Uncle.
My name is Francisco Ortiz Jr I am a US Marine Retired and Retired from Laredo ISD.

Francisco Ortiz Jr
Great Grand Uncle

August 7, 2012

This is my great grandfather. I would like find out more information. I would really appreciate it.

Isabel R. Ortiz
great grand daughter

June 10, 2012

Amazing yet awful story from my hometown. RIP brother. God Bless you and your family.

Officer J. Edwards
Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department
Savannah, Georgia

February 18, 2012

I love you my great grandpa. Thank you for being a role model and a hero to all of us.

Alberto Godinez Ortiz, Civilian, Chicago

December 23, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 96th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya


September 18, 2009

On the 95th anniversary of Deputy Ortiz’s death, we honored his service during roll call by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job.

Deputy Ortiz may be gone, but is not forgotten.

Sergeant Jeffrey W. Timmons
First Responder Unit
United States Capitol Police
Washington, D.C.


September 12, 2008

You are remembered today Sir and thank you for your service. It always makes this writer happy when an officer is new to the site or has been gone for a long time and there are new updates with a rememberance. It is the least citizens can do for their sacrifice.

Pat Van DenBerghe
Manchester, nh

November 12, 2007

To the Ortiz Family:

A few years ago, via the internet, an unknown person sent me the very same photograph used on this website. I proudly display it in my photograph gallery for my cop-related Screen Name.

May Deputy Ortiz Rest-In-Peace.

Maj M. B. Parlor

September 12, 2007

Your memory lives on with us. I am so proud you were my great grandpa. I tell your story as a great patriot and great American. I hope we can contribute to your memory and to those others who served like you did. --- Alberto Ortiz Godinez (son of Bertha Ortiz Godinez), Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

Alberto Ortiz Godinez
great-grandson of Candelario Ortiz

October 16, 2006

May Deputy Ortiz's death never be forgotten.

March 26, 2006

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