Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer II Christopher Alan Cortijo

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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Reflections for Police Officer II Christopher Alan Cortijo

Chris Cortijo was a lot of fun to be around at work. We go back to the early 90’s when we both worked vtd as accident investigators. Young cops full of energy & wanting to write lots of tickets & impound cars. Those were some fun times. Eventually we both made motors & ended up back at vtd after a tour of downtown. I remember working a ticket task force for Sgt John Amott( RIP) & a bunch of us fairly new motors. Chris was one of the group & we were working a speed detail back then using radar. We took turns writing tickets & were all in large group at the same spots nightly. We had code 7 together with John every night & it was a lot of fun. Those were some of the best times I ever had being a motor cop. Eventually the ticket task force was disbanded because of a new captain or something. But I got to work with Chris & his partner Bill on dui watch over the next several years. Those also were some of the best times I ever had. We told jokes all night, made fun of each other relentlessly, & went home with a side ache from laughing all night. I put off writing anything for years because it makes me sad he is no longer here with us. Chris had a work ethic unmatched by anyone I ever knew. He would work till the wee hours & then maybe work a movie job if he could. Sadly Chris passed away the year I retired. I really miss the good old days & wish I had one more night with him & the guys. Rest In Peace my motor brother you are missed by many but never forgotten.

Rich Prindle

December 15, 2020

Rest easy

Mark Mottola

April 9, 2020

Officer Christopher Alan Cortijo will never ever be forgotten.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired.
New York State Police

August 10, 2019

Rest in peace classmate and brother.
LAPD 7/87 forever!

O. Jimenez
LAPD

April 9, 2019

Officer Cortijo’s incident made me reflect about every situation that we may encounter as police officers. We always have to be aware of our surroundings because we don’t know what can happen around the corner. Officer Cortijo spent 26 years of his life dedicated to protecting and serving our community and for that reason he will always be remembered.
Officer Cortijo’s dedication and passion for his career is an example of how every police officer should be. His unfortunate passing should serve as a reminder that this career is not simply a job or an ordinary career path. Just as a career in law enforcement in no ordinary career, officer Cortijo was no ordinary man. His 26 years of service should serve as an inspiration for all current and future law enforcement officers. We thank him for his selfless and unforgettable service. Rest in peace.

DST Montoya
LASD

April 5, 2019

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 12, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service to this country.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

April 9, 2018

Rest in Peace

K.Brooks
Houston Police Dept.

June 16, 2016

Thank you for your service.

Tim Liddell
CA Hwy Patrol (retired)

November 10, 2015

We ran today in Mcdonough Ga. for 1 mile in Honor of Chris Cortijo. This was organized by the efforts of Mackenna Gosart who is running 118 miles in January for the fallen Officers of 2014.

Lt. Scott Stubbs
Clayton County P.D.

January 9, 2015

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice, it will never be forgotten. May God keep your family in His arms.

Special Agent #8268
US Homeland Security Investigations, Phoenix, AZ

September 6, 2014

I accepted and completed the officer down ice water bucket challenge in your honor today Chris Cortijo.

I hope this pays it forward not only to your family but the families of those who have fallen.

Your CDC sister

Suzanne Wun
CDCR DAPO Parole Agent I, Adult Parole

July 28, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and co - workers of this brave officer. Rest in peace.

Sheriff Ray Foster
Buchanan Co. Sheriffs Office

May 31, 2014

Thank you for your service. Rest in Peace brother. Semper Fi.

Sgt. Earl P. Martin
Henry Ford Health System Police Authority

May 28, 2014

On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Chris was killed.

To the Cortijo family, fellow officers, and all who call Chris beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

Chris was my son's brother in blue as well as brother in green so I also thank him for his service to our country in the Corps and bid him semper fi.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Officer Cortijo gave to his community and the citizens of California, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on April 9, 2014.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

May 14, 2014

God Bless you Sir. May the good Lord above cradle you in His arms, and may you Rest in Peace my Brother in Blue. I offer my prayers and sympathies to each and every one of your family members, friends, and co-workers.

Chris Walley
Former Jail Officer/Deputy Wayne Co. Mississippi Sheriffs Department

May 10, 2014

He went to work one morning and did not know
This shift he served would bring such sorrow
This call to duty would be his last
His time on earth is now his past
God set this day as his time to go
Rest in peace Officer Cortijo, now a hero
He gave the ultimate sacrifice
With integrity and pride he paid the price
His family, friends and colleagues will mourn
As an angel in heaven he is now reborn
His golden heart stopped beating
Hardworking hands at rest
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the very best.

Master Sergeant Retired Jane Hosteny
Illinois State Police

May 4, 2014

He went to work one morning and did not know
This shift he served would bring such sorrow
This call to duty would be his last
His time on earth is now his past
God set this day as his time to go
Rest in peace Officer Beck, now a hero
He gave the ultimate sacrifice
With integrity and pride he paid the price
His family, friends and colleagues will mourn
As an angel in heaven he is now reborn
His golden heart stopped beating
Hardworking hands at rest
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the very best.

Master Sergeant Jane Hosteny (retired)
Illinois State Police

May 4, 2014

Rest in Peace, prayers for the family.

Deputy L. Barth
Taylor County Sheriff's Department

May 4, 2014

My prayers are with Officer Cortijo's family and friends. Thank you for sharing him with us and may the grace of God be with each of you and may he give you comfort and peace.

Sergeant Howard Giddings
Virginia Port Authority Police Department

April 30, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with Officer Cortijo's loved lones and everyone at the Los Angeles Police Department. Rest in peace my brother.

Officer Joe Hoyer
Green Bay Police Department

April 29, 2014

God Speed Motor Man

Motor Officer
TMPD

April 29, 2014

It seems that LAPD and the community has lost a great motorcylce police officer. I know that Officer Cortijo must have encountered a many near misses while working as a motor office. I always said that if I was ever hit it was because I didn't see it coming. I know that God in all his glory had Officer Cortijo covered when he was struck by the DIUD driver. Officer Cortijo you can now take off your helmet and take a rest, God will take of your family.

Former Sgt Joe Covington, M/C #4926
Corpus Christi Police Officer

April 28, 2014

Rick & I both had the pleasure of having Chris as a friend and a co-worker. I worked with Chris at my mom’s restaurant, Tondo’s. One of my favorite memories is when his co-workers & I covered his VW Bug entirely in Oreo cookies as a joke. In retrospect this was not such a good idea, but Chris took it well and we all had a good laugh.

While working at the Restaurant he got accepted into the LAPD and then became my husband Rick’s go to guy at PM Entertainment on most of his film productions. He was usually the first person Rick would see when he drove up to the set. He was always smiling and in a good mood.

All I can say is Chris was a good man, and we will never forget him. God bless Chris and his family.

With Love

Rick & Shelly Pepin
PM Entertainment

April 27, 2014

A true hero keeping his community safe has succumbed to a needless accident. May you find heavens gates wide open & your family find some comfort in the fact they were loved by a true hero!

Mother of a Sgt
Colorado Springs PF

April 26, 2014

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