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Officer Andy Ornelas

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Wednesday, December 2, 2020

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Reflections for Officer Andy Ornelas

The true measure of a person
is not found in the
might of their arm,
their wealth
or their power –
it is found in the strength
of their character.

There is no greater testimony to
ones character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.
Author Unknown

Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

December 31, 2020

All of us in the law enforcement family mourn your loss with you. Our hearts go out to you in this loss of another of our brother’s. God be with you all in this sad time.

Paul Wunderle
Police Officer
Los Angeles Police Dept, Retired

December 26, 2020

It’s been several days since Andy Ornelas has passed & I have been trying to find the right words to say to the entire Ornelas family. I guess there are no words than can describe the loss of a beloved son & hero. I am sending thoughts, prayers, hugs, at this most difficult time. I watched the funeral on line & the strength & courage displayed by Art, Kellie, Cody, Nikki & Taylor was absolutely incredible. How you were able to even speak was amazing.
I want each & everyone of you to know that you are not alone, you have many, many friends & colleagues that deeply care for you. From my family to yours, I am so sorry for the loss of a true American hero Andy Ornelas.

Rich Prindle P2+2 motors
Lapd retired

December 14, 2020

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Officer Ornelas. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at California Highway Patrol.

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

December 14, 2020

California Law Enforcement has lost another great officer. Rest in peace Officer Ornelas. You won’t be forgotten.

Police Detective Kevin Shum
Stockton School Police

December 13, 2020

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whose blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell

Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept.
Columbia, SC

December 11, 2020

Thank you Officer Ornelas for your 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.


Sergeant Mitchell G. Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

December 11, 2020

God bless you andy

Ranger. William. J. Zimmerman
M r c a rangers. Ranger

December 11, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers during this difficult time. Your service and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Thomas H. Kelly Jr., ASAC
Federal Air Marshal Service

December 11, 2020

God be with you.

Ranger. William. J. Zimmerman
M r c a rangers. Ranger

December 10, 2020

Our deepest condolences to the family, friends and department of Officer Ornelas. The EOW Riders with Beyond the Call of Duty thank you for your service, your ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Allison McCarter
Beyond the Call of Duty
EOW Ride to Remember

December 10, 2020

May God bless you and protect you from the heaven.

Samantha Wang
Administration of Justice student at RHC

December 9, 2020

God bless rest in peace

Ranger william j zimmerman
M r c a califorina

December 8, 2020

My deepest condolences go out to Officer Andy Ornelas family, friends and co-workers at California Highway Patrol during this difficult time.
Your service and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.
Rest In Peace my Brother in BLUE Officer Ornelas.

Officer Janet Sanchez
F.O.P member Yuma Lodge #24
Yuma Police Department

December 7, 2020

Rest in Peace Officer Ornelas. May the Lord grant your family, friends and co-workers peace during this very difficult time. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Deputy Parole Administrator Howard Wykes
Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections

December 7, 2020

RIP brother , you served with courage

Lieutenant Brian LaRussa
NYPD ( Ret )

December 7, 2020

Rest In Peace

Po Shaun Walters
Nypd ~ Retired

December 6, 2020

Rest in peace brother. God's speed sir. Thank you for your service motorman.

Lieutenant John C. MooreWisconsin State Conservation Warden & State Trooper (Retired)

December 6, 2020

On behalf of POINT 27, we would like to offer condolences for Officer Andy Ornelas. Please know we are eternally grateful for Andy’s service and his ultimate sacrifice.

To honor Officer Ornelas, POINT 27 sent 27 Thin Blue Line Dog Tag Necklaces, engraved with “Blessed are the Peacemakers for they will be called children of God” Matthew 5:9, to the California Highway Patrol in Sacramento, California for Andy’s partner and fellow officers. POINT 27 sent 3 Folded Flag Necklaces engraved with “Greater Love has no one than this; than to lay down one’s life for one’s friend” John 15:13 for Officer Ornelas’ wife and parents.

POINT 27 is a Non-Profit organization with a mission to strengthen and encourage members of the Armed Forces, First Responders, and their families, by sharing scripture on Dog Tags and Jewelry called Shields of Strength.

We will never forget and we are forever grateful.


Colonel David Dodd,
United States Army Retired
Executive Director-POINT 27

Detective Jerry M. Rhodes (Retired)
Dallas Police Department-Reserve Division
POINT 27 National Outreach Coordinator
Law Enforcement Liaison
[email protected]

Detective Jerry M. Rhodes (Retired)
Dallas Police Department Reserve Division
POINT 27- National Out Reach Coordinator
Law Enforcement Liaison

December 6, 2020

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

With great honor and deep respect for you, and
peace and comfort to your survivors

Sergeant Fredric E. Oakman
Pennsylvania State Police (retired)

December 6, 2020

Rest In Peace brother. Your service will not be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and department during this tragic time. Matthew 5:9

Lieutenant Don Barton
Garden City PD, MI

December 6, 2020

Rest in Peace Officer Andy Ornelas. Thank you for your 4 years of service with the California Highway Patrol in California. We are all thankful to you for your service, your devotion and your sacrifices, and to your family and friends for their sacrifices. Our hearts break for your loved ones and we want them to know that you will never be forgotten! Our thoughts and Prayers go out to your wife, parents, brother, and sister, and to all of your sisters and brothers in Blue including your parents, brother, and an uncle that protect us. God bless you all!! (Matthew5:9)

Kelly & Eddie King

December 5, 2020

Thank you for your service. Prayers for you and your family.

Linda (Hinds) Wells
Former RSO and CHP dispatcher

December 5, 2020

Semper Fi motorman...we are 14,500 badge numbers apart (7185) but we are closer in mind. May God bless you and your family. Our beloved Blue & Gold will always keep you in our hearts.

State Traffic Officer 7185 Mike Becze
California Highway Patrol & US Marine

December 5, 2020

Officer Ornelas, our Lord took you back to Himself as your life had only begun. God, in His infinite goodness, must need good people like you to help Him do His work. He will reward you abundantly. May He immerse you and your loved ones in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa

December 5, 2020

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