Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Gilbert Cortez

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

End of Watch Monday, March 25, 2013

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Reflections for Sergeant Gilbert Cortez

Rest in peace Sergeant Cortez!
You will not be forgotten!

Willie Bell Hopewell VA!
Friend Of All Law Enforcement Officers!

March 26, 2013

God speed Sgt. Cortez & K9 Mattie. Prayers to you & yours.


March 26, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, and your department!

Bryce Stevenson
Son of Fallen Ceres Police Sergeant Howard Stevenson, EOW 010905

March 26, 2013

My thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Sergeant Gilbert Cortez. Another Hero taken too soon. May God comfort you and your family as you go and touch the face of God.
Your honorable service and sacrifice and bravery to the citizens of California will not be forgotten. God Speed and God Bless. Rest in Peace Sir .

May the children of Sergeant Cortez, know that their Dad, is a HERO who we will not forget and will forever be in his debt for all he has done for us. Sergeant Cortez. Thank You for your service and protection to us all, may you rest in peace. God bless you and your family.

Final Salute

VIPS 750 Jeff Claybern
Alexandria Kentucky Police Department

March 26, 2013

May you and Mattie be with each other in heaven in gods loving care. It was a pleasure working with such a dedicated and professional officer. RIP.

Kurt Bender, CDCR Officer

March 26, 2013

Thank you for your service, Sgt. Cortez. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

Patrol Officer Floyd Buchanan
Pine Hill Police Department, Alabama

March 26, 2013

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for the more than 23 years of protection you provided. Your brave and honorable service is greatly appreciated. Rest easy my brother

Herb Fernandez
Detention Corporal
Midland County Sheriff's Office TX
Honor Guard Member

March 26, 2013

What a kind and wonderful person Gil was. I work as a prosecutor and I had the pleasure of working on cases with Gil for over a year and a half. He was an expert in his field and worked hard to make the prison a safer place. He also was a great father and he loved his family. May God bless them..

Deputy District Attorney
Riverside County District Attorney's Office

March 26, 2013

My thought and prayers are with Officer Cortez's family and the men and women of the CDC. RIP officer.

OFCR J.Hood& K9 Sherman
Correctional Service Canada, K-9 UNIT, Prairies Region

March 26, 2013

R.I.P C/O Cortez. It was a great pleasure working with an officer of your professionalism. We mourn your loss with heavy hearts today. You walked the line with courage and bravery. You will not be forgotten. Matthew 5:9 C/O Dixon CRC Norco

Correctional Officer

March 26, 2013

God speed Sgt. Cortez & Mattie


March 26, 2013

May God put his loving arms around your family and members of your department giving them the strength, courage and wisdom to get through this terrible incident.

Major Walter R. Landrum (Retired 2012)
Bainbridge Public Safety Department

March 25, 2013

R.I.P Sergeant Cortez and K-9 Mattie, we're keeping you, your family and all our brothers and sisters with the California Department of Corrections in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless you and keep you both under his care forever.

Corporal James Barth
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard,Tampa, Fla.

March 25, 2013

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

March 25, 2013

I am deeply saden to hear about the death of Sergeant Gilbert Cortez and K9 Mattie. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Cortez family and the California Department of Corrections. Rest in peace Sgt. Gilbert Cortez and K9 Mattie.

Captain Garry Martin
Greenville Police Dept. Al.

March 25, 2013

Rest with the Angels Sgt Cortez. You and K9 Mattie will never be forgotten for your ultimate sacrifice. Prayers for your family during this time in their lives.

retired police officer bob lester
midland, tex police department

March 25, 2013

My condolences to the Cortez Family and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation during this impossibly hard time. The loss of any law enforcement officer is a serious blow to the community, the state, and the country as a whole. I will pray for all of the people who worked, knew, or was a family member or friend so that they can get through this stronger. God be with Sgt. Gilbert Cortez as he enters his final judgement with God. Due to his 20+ years of service I will add him to my list of heroes. Also I hope Mattie goes to doggy heaven! So sad. R.I.P. Gilbert Cortez.

Ethan Buckman
Civilian (Future Police Officer)

March 25, 2013

My sincerest sympathy to the family and friends of
Sergeant Gilbert Cortez as well as to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Rest in peace Sergeant Cortez, you are gone but will not be forgotten...

Dispatcher Sue Rusch
Punta Gorda PD, Punta Gorda FL

March 25, 2013

We extend our deepest sympathy & love to the Cortez family, friends, CDC & the entire law enforcement community.

May God's peace and comfort sustain you

Will & Mary Ann Tonn, parents of
Galt CA Police Officer Kevin A. Tonn,
E.O.W. 01/15/2013.

March 25, 2013

So saddened to hear the news.May you rest in peace after having served those around you. My thoughts are with you, your family, fellow officers and friends.

Reserve Officer G. Krystof
Los Angeles Police Department

March 25, 2013

Our hearts are saddened and prayers go out to the family. Rest in the arms of the angels 'til we meet again with those gone on before us. Thank you Sgt Cotez and K9 Mattie for your devoted service. amen

Margaret Hood
Citizen's Watch (Ret'd)

March 25, 2013

Rest in peace brother.

Ofc. O. A. Olasokan
NYS University Police at SUNY Maritime College

March 25, 2013

RIP Brothers

Deputy Anita Price
Bexar County Sheriff's Office, San Antonio, Texas

March 25, 2013


James P. Waggle

March 25, 2013

So sorry for the loss of both your officer and fellow K-9 officer , Mattie. Prayers fot your families, fellow officers, and friends. Rest in peace Mattie and Sgt. Cortez.

Jan Taylor. detective.retired
Dallas P.D.

March 25, 2013

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