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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

R.I.P.: Sergeant Gilbert Cortez

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Sergeant Gilbert Cortez
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California
End of Watch: Monday, March 25, 2013


Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46
Tour: 23 years
Badge # Not available
Cause: Automobile accident
Incident Date: 3/25/2013
Weapon: Not available
Suspect: Not available

Sergeant Gilbert Cortez and K9 Mattie were killed in an automobile accident Route 79, near San Felipe Road, in San Diego County.

Sergeant Cortez was part of a convoy of state corrections K9 officers who were en route to inspect the La Cima Fire Camp in a rural part of the county. His marked vehicle veered off the roadway and overturned, killing K9 Mattie. Sergeant Cotez was transported to a local fire station but died before a helicopter could reach him.

Sergeant Cortez had served with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for 23 years and was assigned to the Southern Regional K-9 Unit. He is survived by his wife, two children, and parents.

Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Secretary of Corrections Jeffrey A. Beard
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
PO Box 942883
Sacramento, CA 94283
Phone: (916) 445-4950



Related Line of Duty Deaths

K9 Mattie
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California
End of Watch: Monday, March 25, 2013

Cause: Automobile accident

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