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Deputy Sheriff Jerry Ortiz

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Friday, June 24, 2005

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Jerry Ortiz

Think of you today and everyday. You will always be missed and remembered. Please continue to watch over Chela!!

Tyron Laces

June 24, 2021

May you rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Ortiz. while working as an OTS for the department i met a lot of detectives who knew him personally and they had a lot of good things to say about Deputy Ortiz. Deputy Ortiz loved his career.


June 20, 2021

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Ortiz.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 2, 2021

I had the privilege of knowing Jerry most of his life. We grew up in El Monte together and he played football and baseball with my brothers. Our families became quick friends and after some time like family. After marriage my husband and I lived in the city of Paramount, one day driving to the Lakewood mall Jerry saw us we didn’t know it was him, he flashed his lights and pulled us over. The jokester that he was he said license and registration, my husband was like officer why am I being pulled over Jerry replied “because I waved and you didn’t notice fool” took off his glasses and my husband started cracking up. He found out where we lived and would stop by when he was in the neighborhood and my mother in law would cook him something, we’d all chop it up , he’d sit in front of the house in the car with my 2 year old son (now 22) and put on the lights for him. We got to see him about once a month and he would just hang out on his lunch or just pass by really quick to check on us. He was a kind and loving friend. I watched him become a father and husband and he was an amazing brother and son. We all miss him , he was an beautiful soul. We love you Jerry always. Keep watching out for all of us , I know you and Fredo are up there laughing and goofing off.
Never forgotten

Michelle Barbosa Buelna
Family Friend

May 10, 2021

Thank you for your service Deputy Ortiz. God Bless.

Michael Keane
SFPD Retired

June 24, 2020

Can't believe it's been 15 years since you were taken from us. Sometimes it feels like was just yesterday. You are missed!!!Watch over Chela and your friends.

Tyrone Laces

June 24, 2020

Thank you for your service and always know that your sacrifice is one that will never be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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

June 24, 2020

RIP Deputy Sheriff Jerry Ortiz, you will never be forgotten.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired.
New York State Police

January 13, 2020

Thinking about You today, Brah.........

Michael B. Parlor

July 12, 2019

It has been 14 years, but feels like yesterday. Please continue to keep watch over Chela and your friends.

T. Laces

June 24, 2019

Every day upon entering our recruit classroom, I see Deputy Jerry Ortiz's picture on the wall with his end of watch. Wondering what had happened to Deputy Ortiz on that fateful day, and learning of how quickly things can go from being calm at one moment and to being shot at the next is a rude awakening.

Reflecting on what happened to Deputy Ortiz has given me a new understanding of how lucky I am to be in the position I am in now. How I am able to go home every night and talk with my loved ones about the day. Seeing how everything can be taken away in an instant gives me the initiative to train hard like my life depends on it and to appreciate everything instead of taking the little things for granted. I appreciate Deputy Ortiz's service and he will always be remembered by the LASD family as well as his own.

DST Recruit Matthew J Hernandez
los angeles county sheriff's department

April 5, 2019

This tragic story has once again made me realize there is no such thing as routine call or day. Deputy Ortiz was conducting his investigation and never expected a heart less individual shoot an end his life. I am truly sorry for what happen to Deputy Jerry Ortiz. His story has made me appreciate life a lot more and be a lot more aware of situations we may face in the field of Law Enforcement. I now understand why the academy emphasizes the importance of moving with a partner, you just don't know. I honor every Deputy or Officer who paid the ultimate price to protect and serve the communities they patrolled. I appreciate Law Enforcement as a whole and hope every Law Enforcement Officer returns safely to their loved ones.

Gonzalez, M

April 4, 2019

Deputy Jerry Ortiz served the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department for 15 years. Deputy Ortiz was shot and killed on Friday, June 24, 2005 (EOW). Deputy Ortiz was looking for a suspect involved in a shooting in an apartment complex, the suspect saw Deputy Ortiz first and shot him in the back of the head. Deputy Ortiz is survived by his wife, two sons, and a mother.

My condolences go out to Deputy Ortiz family and loved ones, going over Deputy Ortiz EOW it is evident how things can change in a matter of seconds. One second your alive and well and the next you are on your back having the fight of your life. As a recruit reading this has really taught me to appreciate life way much more than I have, and has brought me to the realization of how lucky I am to be able to go home to my loved ones after a long day. Deputy Ortiz will always be remembered by his family as well as by me.

Recruit Corrales

April 4, 2019

Deputy Jerry Ortiz,

I have heard your name and story various times since I joined the LASD in 2017. Every time I do the words hero and courage come to my mind. As a peace officer you risked your life every time you put on your uniform and laced your boots up and yours unfortunately came to an abrupt end but your spirit lives on with your brothers and sisters that you left behind.

Yesterday as I stared at the memorial wall in Biscailuz Training Center at night time, your name was the most visible one to me due to the lighting and the area that I stood at. Your story is one of the main reasons why I will always have my partner's back out in the streets and why I cannot wait to wear the LASD badge.

Deputy Sheriff Trainee Luis Mancio
Los Angeles Sheriff's Department

April 4, 2019

I read this heavy heartedly. Dep. Ortiz was a brave man doing exactly what he was suppose to be doing. Unfortunately He was killed by a coward hiding from the law. My deepest condolences going out to Dep. Ortiz’s family. Your loved one died a hero, and even though gone, he is never forgotten.

DST Vargas
Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department

September 17, 2018

To the family and friends of Deputy Ortiz, I am a recruit in Class 433 and there is a memorial plaque in our classroom dedicated to his years of service. Our class also had the opportunity to research and report on the circumstances surrounding his death and we all walked away that day with such an appreciation, respect, and gratitude for his sacrifice. It is an honor to be pursuing a career where we get to wear the same uniform as men and women like Deputy Ortiz. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Recruit R. Jensen

September 16, 2018

Gone but never forgotten. You are always in our hearts. Continue to watch over Chela and your loved ones.

Tyrone Laces

June 24, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. You are honored and remembered on the 13th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

June 24, 2018


I never worked with you, but since my first day with the county I’ve heard of your legacy. I’m currently assigned to Lakewood Station the last place you called home. I just listened to the radio traffic from that tragic day and honestly felt saddened. We lost as warrior and heaven gained guardian! I will attempt to continue the legacy of your work for the rest of my days Sir. Traditions never die and from what I’ve learned you were the example of what a peacemaker really is. Blessed are the peacemakers. I’ll catch you on the other side brother. Watch our six.



June 24, 2018

My god watch over you and your family, thank youfor your sacrifice. Your hard work and dedication to your partners and this department are still recognized to this day which speaks volumes of how much every one loves and admires you. I will be apart of the honor guard ceremony on Sunday and I’d like to say it’s an honor to be a part of this for one of our departments fallen heros.

Dep Barri

June 18, 2018

My god watch over you and your family, thank youfor your sacrifice. Your hard work and dedication to your partners and this department are still recognized to this day which speaks volumes of how much every one loves and admires you. I will be apart of the honor guard ceremony on Sunday and I’d like to say it’s an honor to be a part of this for one of our departments fallen heros.

Dep Barri

June 18, 2018

This weekend I am walking a prayer offering, what we call here at the border “pagando una Manda”, from the town of Imuris to Magdalena de Kino, Sonora MX. I am carrying a picture of Jerry and “petition de oracion”, a prayer request, for the soul of my brother Jerry.
I didn’t know Jerry well but he never left my memory. I was with him on that final day but I prefer to remember him as the kid with the forever smile, energy bursting from every pore, friendly to a fault. A soul of the finest gold.
Even though I was not close to Jerry, I cannot forget him. Yo estoy pagando esta Manda para Jerry y para mi alma. A encontrar Paz por los dos. D.E.P. Jerry.

Deputy Larry Swanson Srn

June 12, 2018

My condolences and prayers to the Ortiz family. His hard work and dedication to the job is still talked about to this day. He is an example to live by. To the Ortiz family, know that Deputy Ortiz will never be forgotten. Our staff talks of you and the great work you did for the citizens and their communities. I hope to do the same as you did. Thank you for you service and rest easy sir.

DST Blair, Joseph
LASD Class #429

May 12, 2018

To all of those that continue to keep my brother Jerry & our family in your thoughts and Prayers I'd like to say thanks & I return the Prayers to you & your family. May all of you new recruits have a long & Blessed career. Always listen to your veteran LEO brothers & sisters advice they give you. You will learn that they are your family & only want the best for you. For those who live near us come by to the Jerry Ortiz Boxing Gym & learn more about Jerry when he boxed for the LASD.
Art ( Jerry's big brother)

Probation Officer Javier Ortiz
LA County Probation

March 28, 2018

First and foremost, my heartfelt condolences to the Ortiz family. I am currently a recruit at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Class 429. I am proud to say that I live near the Jerry Ortiz memorial boxing gym in the city of El Monte. As I read Deputy Ortiz's information I felt an instant connection and admiration towards him, I can tell he was liked and respected by many. I only hope to one day reach Deputy Ortiz's position and make a lasting and positive impression on the community like he has accomplished. He was taken way too soon but his memory and spirit will never be forgotten, I will do my best to carry on his legacy and use it as a motivator when times get difficult. May you rest in peace and in paradise, Sir.

Recruit Bugarin
LASD Class 429
February 25, 2018

Recruit Bugarin
LASD Class 429

February 26, 2018

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