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

R.I.P. Primo siempre t recordaremos. Y mis condolencias para Su esposa eh hijos, Para mis Tios, Primas, y Primo. Que Diosito les de mucha paz y me los cuide. Son momentos muy dificiles pero Diosito lo necesitaba a Su lado.. Muchas vendiciones y mucha fortaleza para toda mi familia.. BETO SIEMPRE TE RECORDAREMOS Y JAMAZ TE OLVIDAREMOS... : ' ( TQM


April 8, 2013

Sergeant Cortez,

You Sir have entered into the presence of God. You have been united with many who served and went before you. Bask in that reunion.

To Your Family,

Feel His presence as God answers the prayers of many who have fallen to their knees on your behalf. Since the day of my son's death, I have carried every law enforcement officer and their family in my heart.

Every morning I go to my knees. During that time I pray, “Lord, Be with all law enforcement officers. Keep them safe and free from harm. They are your soldiers on the front line of the battle against evil. If one should fall this day - wrap their family in your loving arms. Surround them with loving, caring people to comfort them. Ease their pain. Help them to mourn well. In Jesus' name, Amen”

I have lifted you and your family to God every morning for over 2 years. Feel those prayers. God is with you, He knows and will ease your pain.

Pamela Hotsinpiller
Mother of
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
EOW 2-16-2011

April 7, 2013

Beto Que Dios te tenga en su Santa Gloria que estoy segura que estas al lado de Nuestro Señor . Que Dios les de mucha Fortaleza y Paz a tu esposa y tus hijos y mis tios . Yo siempre te recodare con mucho cariño I nunca olvidare que aunque eatabas Chico cuando vivi con ustedes siempre jugabas conmigo . Gracias por ser tu

Josefina Barrett

April 6, 2013

Now and then we crossed paths, and wave a salute, as we had been neighbors for the past 11 years. Always a person you would want to have around. Our block had been a peacefull place knowing he was close.

We will miss Gilbert Cortez in our daily lifes, and very specially at our neighborhood reunions during summer.

God be with you and you with God Gil. We remember you always

Jose Leon and Family
Just a forever neighbor

April 5, 2013

The National Police Wives Association would like to extend their heartfelt prayers to the family of Sergeant Gilbert Cortez, K9 Mattie and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation during this time. Thank you, Sergeant Cortez and Mattie, for your service.

National Police Wives Association

April 3, 2013

Though I never knew him, he was part of my Law Enforcement family and I will mourn this deep loss the rest of my life. My heart aches with all the losses we have suffered, and continue to suffer, through the years. God is our only peace through such times. May family & friends feel the presence of the "God of All Comfort" as they endure the distressing days ahead. I join them in their agonizing grief & remember them in my prayers.

Vicki Hare, Telecommunicator
Salisbury NC PD

April 3, 2013

Rest In Peace......

John Ruth, AEMD Comm. Specialist
MOMR, Farmers Branch, TX

April 3, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to the dear family and friends of Sergeant Cortez. God Bless him for his service and sacrifice he made to keep law and order. Rest in Peace Sir, you will not be forgotten.

Sgt. Jim May (ret)
CMPD Charlotte, NC

April 3, 2013



April 3, 2013

Prayers and condolences go out to the family, friends, and coworkers of Sergeant Cortez. Godspeed sir and may you rest comfortably in heaven with your 4 legged partner at your side.

Deputy Michael Matranga
Orange County Sheriff's Department
Lake Forest Police Services

April 3, 2013

Your going to be miss, more so in your home area but we're felling it over here at Donovan. We'll miss you brother".

Corrction Officer

April 3, 2013

RIP to you and your partner brother. Prayers to your family.

Lt. Rich Forbus
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

April 2, 2013

Your ultimate sacrifices, Sergeant Cortez & Mattie will NEVER be forgotten. You both can now rest in peace. God's blessings to your family, friends, the Department & the citizens you both protected,

Mother of a Sgt
Colorado Springs Police Department

April 1, 2013

Sergeant Cortez, Thank you for your service and paying the ultimate sacrifice. Know that your years of service to this State will not go unnoticed and rest in peace knowing you and Mattie made a difference. Our family will keep you and your family in our prayers. Thank you and God Bless.

Officer M. Mitchell
California Highway Patrol (prior CDCR Sgt.)

March 30, 2013

Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer. Sergeant Cortez was a wonderful caring person and he will be deeply missed by all. The memories of him that are etched in your mind and heart will never fade. We are here to support you in your grieving process. With sincere sympathy

Joe, Tina, Nicholas Raya

Sergeant Joseph Raya (Retired)
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept.

March 30, 2013

Deepest sympathy and prayers to the family, friends and co workers of Sgt Cortez. RIP and thank you for your service.

Sgt J Walter
Richmond PD VA

March 30, 2013

May you and K-9 Mattie rest in peace.

Gavin F. Price II ( retired )
Escambia county sheriffs dept

March 29, 2013


We want to thank you for your 23 yrs of service and bravery while working on the field. You touched so many people through the course of your journey. You will always be remembered as the great person that you are. We send our most deep condolences to your entire family during these difficult times. We will all be here for your family to support them in their healing. God will bless you and your entire family.

With Sincere Love,

Carlos, Maria Elena Cortez, Beartiz & family, Carlos & family, Juan & Nena & family, Lidia & family

Carlos, Maria Elena Cortez, Beartiz & family, Carlos & family, Juan & Nena & family, Lidia & family

March 29, 2013

Rest, brother.

Cpl Steve Headley
Mishawaka, IN police

March 29, 2013

"The Final Inspection"
The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't.....I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."
Author Unknown

Sergeant Chad Miner
Powell WY, PD

March 29, 2013




March 29, 2013

On behalf of the Criminal Justice Capstone class of 2013 Heald College Modesto, CA. We would like to send our condolences to the family and friends of Sergeant Gilbert Cortez and K-9 Mattie. We would like to thank Sgt. Cortez and K-9 Mattie for their bravery while serving the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Californina. We as soon to be Law Enforcement Officers, will make it our goal to represent those respected fallen Officers like Gilbert Cortez and K-9 Mattie. Again thank you and God bless.

Heald College Modesto, CA
Capstone class of 2013

March 28, 2013

You are a hero & an angel. God bless you & your family.

D/S Timothy Hernandez & D/S Christina Hernandez
Escambia County S/O. FL

March 28, 2013

God's peace and speed Sgt. Cortez. Thank you for your many years of brave, dedicated service. RIP brother.

P/O R. Popelka #7903
Chicago P.D.

March 28, 2013

Sergeant Cortez: May the angels I believe are above deliver this message:Thank you for dedicating your life to serving and protecting those in your community. To the family and friends that stay behind to meet again: My wish is that you find peace in this time of great sorrow and loss. Find joy in happy memories and know that your husband, dad, son, friend...may be gone but his spirit lives on in all that he loved. Love never dies. God Bless.


March 28, 2013

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