Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

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

My heart and prayers go out to the Ortiz family. A few classmates and I recently did some research on Deputy Ortiz and together we will be doing a presentation in his honor. He was a great Deputy, Father, husband and son and he will never be forgotten. I hope that one day I can become a great roll model and positive influence on a community just as Deputy Ortiz once did and continues to do so.

Aguilar, Evelyn
LASD Recruit

February 25, 2018

I am a recruit for LASD class 429. I have seen your memorial at the Lakewood Sheriff Station prior to my academy class. My condolences go out to the Ortiz family and loved ones. Deputy Ortiz you are an inspiration to me and I hope to one day have a positive effect to the community the way you did. Rest in Peace Deputy Ortiz you are not forgotten.

Recruit Martinez, Josue
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

February 25, 2018

Deputy Ortiz ,

My name is Adrian Torres, I am currently a recruit for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. In 2004 , I graduated from the Sherriff's Explorer Program. The following year we lost a warrior and guardian. I remember the weeks that followed , the station I was assigned to began selling black t-shirts with with your name on them .The shirts had red boxing gloves hanging over your unit . I clearly remember wearing that shirt proudly because i kept hearing wonderful things about you at my station. I want to tell you that you are not forgotten and that your fight continues in me and in all new recruits Sir . Thank you for your service. Rest easy Deputy Ortiz !

Recruit , Class 429 / Adrian Torres
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

February 24, 2018

Dear Deputy Ortiz and Ortiz Family
I am recruit Sanchez and currently part of academy class 429 LASD. First off I want to say how much I appreciate you and your service as a law enforcement officer you are a true hero and it is deputies like yourself why I have the passion to become a law enforcement officer. I have heard countless great things abut you Deputy Ortiz, you were an all around great deputy and that you were an all around great person to be around and work with. Ive heard how great of an oss investigator, training officer you were, and that you were a very skilled boxer. I've also heard how you dedicated your time to help recruits like myself and taught us how to box.
You are a true inspiration to me and as well as many others. I send my deepest condolences to the Ortiz family. The stories of Deputy Ortiz live on and inspire and motivate recruits like myself till this day. You will never be forgotten Deputy Jerry Ortiz.

Recruit Sanchez
Class 429 LASD

February 24, 2018

Dear Deputy Ortiz and Family,

I am currently a Recruit in Class 425 for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. You were the first Deputy that we learned about in our class, but I knew who you were before. When my father was on the Department he took me to the boxing events when I was younger and that's where I first learned your name. I never had the pleasure to meet you or see you fight but I've heard plenty of stories of your success and love for the ring. I've also heard more stories about your drive, passion and love that you had for this Department. I respect and admire you and could only hope to be like you. My condolences to your family. Your name will live forever in this Department and I will carry it with me through my journey.

A Hero Remembered, Never Dies.


Recruit Rodgers
Class 425 LASD

September 17, 2017

Jerry, I worked with you at CJ, and later in the field. During our custody careers, I'll always remember how kind, and how you would do anything for your Deputies. I also remember what a hell of an athlete you were, knocking out Marines and LAPD Cops in the ring for fun, lol. You were and are an absolute amazing individual and Cop. A Cops Cop! I still remember when you and your partner were flagged down by a carjacking victim in the city of Lakewood. You boys were able to locate the vehicle. During the traffic stop, a shooting occurred, where you dumped the gang banger, for your 4th kill in the field. Atta boy, Jerry! I miss the shit out you, Sir. I love you to death,


Detective Darrell McConnell
LASD Brother

June 25, 2017

It's been 12 years and you are still in our hearts. You are missed everyday. Please continue to watch over Chela and your friends.

Ty Laces

June 25, 2017

God bless you, your partners in arms and forever hold your family safe. So many years have come and gone, and we still think of you.

Ret. BGPD E.Steinbacher
LASD class 257.. Tackleberry

March 5, 2017

I never met you but you are a hero. Thank you Deputy Ortiz, for making Hawaiian Gardens safer for all of us today.

Hawaiian Gardens Resident

July 14, 2016

11 yrs have gone by. Seems like yesterday when we worked out at the gym and we talked shop. Until we meet again

LASD Narcotics

June 25, 2016

You will never be forgotten. Keep watching over Chela and your friends. We love you.


June 24, 2016

RIP Deputy Ortiz. We have not lost our grip on the reins and continue the mission. You are not forgotten.

Deputy Sheriff LASD
Class 295

June 24, 2016

11 years. You're not forgotten.


June 24, 2016

I am a new recruit currently undergoing training with Class 413 with the L.A.S.D. and after reading about your loved one Deputy Ortiz I want to wish you my warmest condolences. I just want you to understand that that for me it is a reminder to enjoy everyday with those that I love and to understand that situations like these are real and I need to be vigilant in my duties as I go forward in this career. His life will not go unforgotten and thank you for your sacrifice.

Recruit Guerrero

April 18, 2016

What a loss. Jerry was a loveable guy and solid deputy.

Lieutenant Merv Screeton LASD Class 257
Currently Roseville PD/LASD 1989-1996

June 27, 2015

10 years Jerry... I can't believe it brother. I drive by where you were killed often and always think of you. Your memory lives on!

Sgt. Rick C

June 25, 2015

I miss you brother! You were an incredible partner and friend. You remain with us every day as we speak your name and tell stories about your integrity to your family, friends and partners. You will never be forgotten! Rest in peace and we will see you again.

Retired Deputy Gary Gerlach
LA County Sheriffs

June 24, 2015

I can't believe it has been 10 years since you were taken from us. So much has happened over the last 10 years, but the one thing that has remained constant is the void your passing has created in our lives. You will forever be missed. Please continue to watch over Chela and your loved ones.

Give my big guy a hug from me.


June 24, 2015

I pray for the family of these fallen officers.

Deputy D.A. Chilstrom
Los Angeles County

June 24, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 24, 2015

I came across this memorial searching for an older case. It hurts so much to see a young man who was a seasoned veteran officer taken like this. It is so unfair that a violent killer like this gets to live on for decades (California's death row is a joke) while this deputies life was snuffed out like a birthday cake candle. We can only pray that the Lord watches over his children and guides them safely through this life and that one day they will be together with their father in heaven.

Martin County Sheriff's Office (FL)

June 19, 2015

Jerry, I think you of often and your wonderful smile. You loved Chela and your boys so much. I'm so saddened by the fact that your life ended so soon. I know you are in heaven looking over all who loved you. Rest in Peace and thank you for your service. You will never be forgotten.


October 30, 2014

I've read variations of this story over and over and it saddens me that your life was taken so soon. Thank you Deputy Ortiz for your courage and service. You were the type of deputy I aspire to be.

LASD Class 404

October 4, 2014

We had a guest speaker that talked to us about Deputy Jerry Ortiz, and his story really touched me. It's difficult to hear about a deputy being fatally shot, especially since I have brothers in law enforcement. My condolences go to his children, wife and his entire family. Rest in peace and thank you for your service.

Recruit Amezcua, David

September 29, 2014

Deputy Ortiz, Thank you for your service in the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department serving communities and protecting the public. You are a great inspiration to all of us. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for serving as an example of what an ideal sheriff deputy should be; committed and selfless. Although you may have left this world, your memory shall doubtlessly endure in the hearts and minds of those who knew you or knew your story. It pains me to see that your family had to suffer through the death of not only one member of the law enforcement community but two. My deepest condolences go out to your family. Wherever they may be, I am positive that they are proud of the man you were. May you and your brother in-law Corrections Officer Gonzalez Rest In Peace, from class #403.

Recruit Madaryan

September 28, 2014

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