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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

I am in academy 403 and Deputy Ortiz's story was shared with us during a recent lecture. I want to offer my deepest condolences to his family and those who were fortunate enough to work with him. He influenced many people in a positive way and I thank you for the service.

Recruit Powers

September 28, 2014

I am currently in Deputy Academy Class #403. I have worked for the department for 2 years now. In class last week, Deputy Ortiz's story was shared with us. My condolences go to his wife and children. He served Los Angeles well and he had a positive effect on our community even in his death. Thank you for your watch sir and rest in peace.

Recruit Reddix

September 28, 2014

Deputy Ortiz, you paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Your memory and legacy will live on forever. I aspire to lead a career of honor and integrity with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in your and all other fallen law enforcement's honor. Condolences to your family and loved ones.
-Regards, Recruit Cruz-Ortiz

Recruit Cruz-Ortiz
Los Angeles Sheriff's Department

September 28, 2014

My name is Sigifredo sandoval . I am currently a recruit for the Los Angeles county sheriffs department (class 403) . Today I heard a story about how much of a great deputy and person you were . Everything I learned about your life and tragedy really touched me. I want to thank you for the 15 yrs of service you delivered the communities . Your story really made me open my eyes and see how dangerous this career can be, But I have a really big passion for being in law enforcement like you did. I also want to send my condolences to your family .
Recruit Sandoval Sigifredo

Dst Sandoval Sigifredo

September 26, 2014

Happy Birthday Uncle Jerry. I love you and miss you. I'm sure there are se Mariachis playing Las Mananitas for you.


September 16, 2014

It's been nine years and the void is still there. You are missed so much. I know you are watching over us, I still find dimes and think of you. Please continue to watch over Chela and your friends who will always love you.

Tyrone Laces

June 24, 2014

9 years. Keep punching up there. Thanks for all you did down here. I pray your family has found peace.


June 24, 2014

In my thoughts and prayers. Never forgotten.
LASD class #400 Recruit Casanova.

Recruit Casanova

March 25, 2014

DEPUTY ORTIZ, You are never forgotten and thank you for your service, I'm recruit A. Galvan with LASD and just want to say your bravery will always be remembered.


March 24, 2014

I am currently a recruit in LASD class # 400. Rest in peace Deputy Ortiz. Your service will never be forgotten. May God bless your family..

LASD Class # 400 recruit.
LASD Class # 400 recruit.

March 24, 2014

Deputy Ortiz,

Thank you for your service to the Los Angeles County Community. I just started LASD Class #400. You are an inspiration. Thank you!

Recruit Gapasin, Ronald A
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept.

March 24, 2014

I am a police recruit in the Los Angeles Sheriff's Academy. I am sorry for your loss, and hope that someday I can earn a reputation as formidable as Deputy Ortiz.

Matthew DeCaro
Pasadena Police Department

March 24, 2014

Another year goes by....Never will I not think of you on this day, and other days throughout the year. I pray often for your family. RIP Jerry.

Rachel Gomez Rosen
Childhood friend

June 24, 2013


It has been eight years since you were taken to be with our lord. A day doesn't go by that I don't think of you.

You are forever missed and never forgotten. Continue to watch over Chela and your loved ones.

Tyron Laces

June 24, 2013

Jerry, you were a solid cop, friend, and man. Your memory lives on as well as the lessons you taught me, especially to keep my left hand up while boxing you! I miss you my friend, David

Lieutenant David Infante

June 23, 2013

First met Jerry when he was a baby deputy at HOJJ. His smile was infectious even back then. I had him as a student in a training class in January 2005. He was a seasoned deputy by then, but his great attitude and smile were unchanged.
The class was in two parts a couple of weeks apart. Between the sessions Jerry's brother-in-law C.O. Manuel Gonzalez was murdered at Chino Prison. The last last two days of the class were almost immediately after Manuel's funeral. I was surprised to see Jerry there, but I remember him saying that he needed to press on and be strong for his family. He was an incredible man.
You are not forgotten, Jerry. God bless you and your family.

Lt. John Stanley
Los Angeles Sheriff's Department

April 14, 2013

Those of us in Law Enforcement and especially who worked LASD gangs, always have a special place in our hearts for each other. RIP brother. You fought the good fight!


March 1, 2013

I miss you.


October 23, 2012

Ortiz family,
I became aware of your loss shortly after the tragedy, (as I resided in a nearby community). Jerry inspired change in my life although we never met. I am a better husband, father and friend to those in my life because of him. I understood that our time may be short in this life. I hope that the following message inspires you too, as it has me.
Rom 8:28: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Prov 3:5: Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
Isa 41:10: So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Matt 11:29: Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
John 11:25: Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;
John 5:24: “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.

Police Officer (Washington D.C)
Department of Defense

October 22, 2012

Jerry, you were a great man and it was an honor to work with you at Compton station. May you continue to rest in peace and my prayers will always be with your family.


August 18, 2012

Thank you for watching over me. I miss you, always.


June 26, 2012

As I return to work from vacation, it is with great sorrow to think of what happened to you Sir. But with great admiration for your courage, and great happiness the love and support coming from the LASD, and L.E. Family. You are an inspiration to us all. May the Lord watch over you every day, as we watch over your family.

Deputy Torre Williams

June 26, 2012

Always in our thoughts


June 25, 2012

When The Lord was creating peace officers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”

And the Lord said, “Have you read the specs on this order? A peace officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark, scale walls, enter homes the health inspector wouldn’t touch, and not wrinkle his uniform.”

“He has to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stakeout, cover a homicide scene that night, canvass the neighborhood for witnesses, and testify in court the next day.”

“He has to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half-eaten meals. And he has to have six pairs of hands.”

The angel shook her head slowly and said, “Six pairs of hands… no way.”

“It’s not the hands that are causing me problems,” said the Lord, “it’s the three pairs of eyes an officer has to have.”

“That’s on the standard model?” asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before he asks, “May I see what’s in there, sir?” (When he already knows and wishes he’d taken that accounting job.) Another pair here in the side of his head for his partner’s safety. And another pair of eyes here in front that can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say, “You’ll be all right ma’am, when he knows it isn’t so.”

“Lord,” said the angel, touching his sleeve, “rest and work on this tomorrow.”

“I can’t,” said the Lord, “I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound drunk into a patrol car without incident and feed a family of five on a civil service paycheck.”

The angel circled the model of the peace officer very slowly, “Can it think?” she asked.

“You bet,” said the Lord. “It can tell you the elements of a hundred crimes; recite Miranda warnings in its sleep; detain, investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on the street in less time than it takes five learned judges to debate the legality of the stop… and still it keeps its sense of humor.”

“This officer also has phenomenal personal control. He can deal with crime scenes painted in hell, coax a confession from a child abuser, comfort a murder victim’s family, and then read in the daily paper how, law enforcement isn’t sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects.”

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the peace officer. “There’s a leak,” she pronounced, “I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model.”

“That’s not a leak,” said the Lord, “it’s a tear.”

“What’s the tear for?” asked the angel.

“It’s for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American Flag, for justice.”

“You’re a genius,” said the angel.

The Lord looked somber. “I didn’t put it there,” he said.

Author unknown.

In Memory of a true friend. The epitome of a Great Human Being, and Deputy Sheriff.

Jaime Gutierrez

June 25, 2012

Jerry Ortiz, a name and a person who will never be forgotten. May your heroism, bravery and spirit live through us all. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family...

Deputy Bailes

June 24, 2012

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