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Officer Philip Dennis Ortiz

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Tuesday, June 22, 2010

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Reflections for Officer Philip Dennis Ortiz

Officer Ortiz, You will be missed and as a former CHP Motor officer I understand the pride you had to perform the hardest job on the Highway patrol. I was driving in L.A. when I heard of your accident. I have prayed almost daily for your recovery. I guess the Lord needed another fine man to guard his heavens and provide the angels with a fine motor officer.God Bless and keep you always in the hearts and minds of all present, past and future Blue and Gold officers serving the greatest state and the proudest officers in the nation.
Semper Fi and we will all be riding together someday...

State Traffic Officer William Michael Be
California Highway Patrol

June 23, 2010



June 23, 2010

Thank you for your service. May God Bless you and your family. May he grant you eternal peace. May he also grant your family, friends, and co-workers the strength they will need during the rough times ahead.

PO James McPartland Jr
Mount Vernon PD NY

June 23, 2010



June 23, 2010

We would like to say how sorry we are that Highway Patrol Officer Philip Ortiz has lost his life in the line of duty. To the family, friends, brothers and sisters in law enforcement we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for your dedication and service Officer Ortiz.

Sgt. Jeff Caudill
1199 Inc. for fallen officers

June 23, 2010

For Officer Philip Ortiz:

The duty of a motor officer is performed with the added risk of less protection on the highway than those officers who patrol on four wheels. The pride of the motor unit is well-known throughout the nation and, as with any law officer who dies performing his duty, we are saddened that Phil had to be involved in a horrendous crash by what appears to be negligence by a passing motorist. We rely upon a thorough investigation and a just disposition for Phil.

We pray for Phil's family, friends, co-workers and all who care about him. May they be ready to reach-out to one another in the days ahead.

I am proud to render Officer Philip Ortiz a final salute.

Cpl. Ralph D. Fiorenza (Ret.)
Pennylvania State Police

June 23, 2010

Never forget that he was a true "HERO", sacrificing self to "serve and protect" others. I am a survivor, as you will be also. God, in His infinite mercy, has his arms outstretched and will pick you up when you don't have the strength to take the next breath or the next step. I promise you He is there, even on the darkest of days. My spouse was in a coma for 33 months and 3 days post injury before succombing to another heart attack. Sometimes God had to scrape ME up off the floor, but HE DID! We also had a 13 yr. old daughter.

Remember that strangers like me will be praying for you in the months and years to come. The pain may never go away, but I hope you will find peace.

Kathy T. Smith
spouse of ATSAIC Chris Smith, US Secret Service

June 23, 2010

Officer Ortiz, your watch is ended. May our Heavenly Father watch over your family and friends during this tragic time. May your soul walk carefully and proudly into everlasting life. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in God’s peace my friend, you deserve it.

Chaplain Michael Grinnals
Camillus Police Department

June 23, 2010

Rest in peace my brother in blue, now you can walk Heaven's beat. Your family, friends, and co-workers with the California Highway Patrol are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sr. Officer D. Johns
City of Sandy Springs Police, Georgia

June 23, 2010


Deputy J.D.Davis
Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office

June 23, 2010

For Phil's Family - During my 24 year tenure as a CHP officer, I had the privilege to cross paths with Phil. He was my weapons and officer safety instructor at the West Los Angeles office. Predictably consistent in his personality, you could depend upon Phil to be even-tempered and good natured. As a selfless warrior, Phil put his co-workers s first and was a good listener. He was always very proud to be with his wife at the West Los Angeles Christmas parties. I thank God for the opportunity and privilege to spend time with Phil.

Deputy Sam Knight
Sublette County Sheriff's Office, WY

June 23, 2010

Our condolences go out to you for the loss of Officer Philip Ortiz\]. Our hearts are with your department and families as you honor and grieve our nation's most recent hero. With many thoughts and prayers,...

Colorado Springs Police Department Wives Association

June 23, 2010



June 23, 2010

On Behalf of the family of Officer Steve Gajda, I would like to offer our deepest and sincerest condolences to the family and brother officers of Philip Ortiz. Watching the news that morning was extremely difficult for me. When I heard the reporter say the parents were being flown to the hospital via helicopter I knew it was critical. It took me back to that painful day when my son was shot. I truly feel your pain and pray that God gives you the strength to make it through the rough road ahead. Just always remember, you're not alone and Officer Philip Ortiz will never be forgotten...God Bless you all and Officer Ortiz, rest in peace.

Christine Hester
Mother of Fallen LAPD Officer

June 23, 2010

RIP Brother. You are gone but will not be forgotten.

Corporal Steven Devore
Florida Highway Patrol

June 23, 2010

Rest in Peace my Brother, God Bless you, your Family and your Dept.

Officer Bob Swope #5609
Olmsted Falls Police Dept.Ohio

June 23, 2010

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

June 23, 2010

May God lay his healing hand upon the family and friends of Officer Ortiz and may they know you will never be forgotten. Thank you Officer Ortiz for your dedicated service to the people of California and the United States.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

June 23, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers at CHP. God Bless you Officer Ortiz for your service to the State of California.
R.I.P Motorman!

Sgt Jean Paul Rochat
Swiss Army, MP-Service, Traffic and Escort Unit

June 23, 2010

Sir, I am very saddened by your untimely death. You are a true Hero and your memory will live on forever. You sacrified your life while serving and protecting others and therefore I salute you. Thank you for all your service and may God bless you and your family.

Sergeant Ashraf Hanna
Los Angeles Police Department

June 23, 2010

Rest in peace thoughts are with your family, friends and members of the CHP during this most difficult and tragic time.

Lt. Joseph Ward, Ret.
Jackson, NJ PD

June 23, 2010

rest in peace

lt b cole (ret)
lake charles p d (louisiana)

June 23, 2010

Your long service of honor, love, devotion to duty and high integrity will stand for generations to come as a model for our successors in law enforcement. All of yur new squad mates are also honorable brothers and sisters in the badge who also paid the ultimate in service. Your brothers and sisters let behind will keep your name and your record alive for future generations and they will care for your family. May God bless you, your record and may his love heal the wounds in your family. In Christ.

Tom Bradley, Retired
Phoenix AZ PD, Az State Chap. FOP

June 23, 2010

Rest In Peace.

U.S. Marshals

June 23, 2010

We would like to send our warmest regards and deepest condolences to the family, friends and department of Officer Philip Ortiz. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult and sad time. Rest in Peace, Officer Ortiz and thank you for your service.

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc
Members and Staff

June 23, 2010

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