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...

Syracuse Police Dept, NY

March 25, 2013

RIP Sgt.Cortez. Thank you for what you have given. My thoughts and prayers are with you & your partner Mattie.God Bless you both & give your family the strength & blessings to carry on.

Lt. Robert M.Petty (Ret)
North Bergen N.J.P.D.

March 25, 2013

Sgt. Cortez, may you and your K-9 Mattie rest in peace. Thank you for your service . Also, may God watch over your Family left behind.

Former Trooper Ken R. Bays
Virginia State Police

March 25, 2013

As aformer probation officer and the father of a police officer, my condolences to Sgt. Cortez's family and to his department. His service, together with his K-9, undoubtedly did much for his community. All of us must be grateful for his work.

Mr. Jerald Smithey
Smithey Investigations, Inc.

March 25, 2013

Today we went to work just another day, we kissed our wife and kids and told them "we love them". when we got home from work we where all accounted for, minus one of our brothers. It wasn't "just another day". May god bless the Cortez family.We grieve with you.

E.Ramirez Corrections Officer

March 25, 2013

RIP Sgt. Cortez and Officer K9 Mattie Thank you both for your service

Retired Police Officer, Georgia

March 25, 2013

Thank you Sgt. Cortez for your years of hard work and dedication and for paying the ultimate sacrifice for the fine folks in the great state of California. You are a true AMERICAN HERO !!!!!!

My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers. May you forever, rest in peace, my brother.


Sgt. Mitch Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

March 25, 2013

Such a great man, RIP brother, you were one of CALIPATRIAS best. God bless your family and all of CDCR.

Retired Correctional Officer Y. Limon
Dept. of Corrections Calipatria, CA

March 25, 2013

Gil you and Mattie will be missed tremendously. God bless you and your family, rest in peace my friend.

John Altieri
CRC plant ops

March 25, 2013

Rest in pace Brother Gilbert

Ofc Timothy M Furlong
Nahant MA PD

March 25, 2013

Prayers and deepest condolences to Sgt. Cortez's family with his passing. His life and his service will always be remembered as he and K9 Mattie now patrol from above.

Chaplain Jerry Steele
Coquille Police Department, Coquille, Oregon

March 25, 2013

A corrections officer should be remembered not by how he died, but how he lived! A great man has gone to secure a safe path for the rest of us to follow. Thank you to you, your family and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Our country is a little less safe without you. Rest in Peace Brother.


March 25, 2013

Rest in peace brother, we have the watch now. Thank you for your many of service to the corps. God bless the family, friends, and co-workers of Sgt Cortez in this time of tragic loss. You are now gone but not forgotten.

Deputy Sheriff Donnie Meaders
Seminole County (OK) Sheriff's Dept

March 25, 2013

Sgt. Cortez,
May you rest in Heavenly Peace. May your family be forever watched over and blessed. May your friends and colleagues find comfort. Please watch over us from on high. We will see you again dear Sir.
Thank you for your service. I will never forget your sacrifice or the sacrifice of your family.
Greater Love Hath No Man....
Prayers for all involved.

Surviving Daughter of Special Agent J. Robert Porter
Federal Bureau of Investigation
E.O.W. 8/9/79

March 25, 2013



March 25, 2013

Gone, but not forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

March 25, 2013

My deepest sympathy and prayers are with you and your family during this time of sorrow. May God bless all of you and keep you in his care..


March 25, 2013

Rest well my brother for your sacrifice was not in vain as you and your K-9 partner take the watch in heaven we'll take care of it down here. May God bless the family both physical and law enforcement with peace and comfort.

"Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13
Rev. Carlos Stapleton
Chaplain, Jackson Co. TN SO

March 25, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Sergeant Cortez. God Bless him.

Resident of Malden, MA

March 25, 2013

RIP my Fellow Brother in Blue. My prayers go to the family, friends, and co-workers.

Retired Detective Don Vine #5896
Phoenix Police Department

March 25, 2013

May he and Mattie RIP! A sad loss for many! Thank you for your service Sarge!

Officer JP, CIM

March 25, 2013

Rest in peace, Sergeant Cortez. Thank you for your many years of dedicated service to your community. Your ultimate sacrifice and that of your family will not be forgotten. Prayers for your family, friends, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and many law enforcement brothers and sisters. Godspeed and God Bless, Hero.

Kathy B.
Grateful Citizen

March 25, 2013

Such a tragic accident. You served the public well and with honor, Sgt. Cortez and K9 Mattie. May you rest in peace together.

Grateful citizen
Madison, WI

March 25, 2013

RIP....we will take it from here....

Deputy Walter R.Brown (retired)
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Tampa Fla.

March 25, 2013

Rest in Peace Sgt. Cortez. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with the Cortez family and the California DOC.

Cpl. Gary Hughes
Passaic County Sheriff's Department Paterson NJ

March 25, 2013

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