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 Christopher A. Cortijo, Police Officer II + II

Christopher A. Cortijo

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Cortijo, Christopher A.

Rank: Police Officer + II

Serial Number: 25473

Division: Valley Traffic Division

Location: Lankershim Blvd and Saticoy St.

Date Killed: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Cause of Death: Killed by a DUI driver

Bio: Officer Cortijo was born on August 13, 1962,
in Torrance, California. He was raised in a variety of cities
including Torrance, Simi Valley and North Hollywood. As a young
boy, he took up surfing and fit the mold of the Southern California
lifestyle including driving a Volkswagen bug.

As a young man, he demonstrated his loyalty and commitment to
serving others and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where
he served as a member of the Kilo Company 3rd Battalion 5th Marine
Regiment and served as a member of the Military Police.

Officer Cortijo continued a life of service as a 26-year veteran
with the Los Angeles Police Department. Officer Cortijo joined the
Department in July 1987. After his probation, he transferred to
West Traffic Division and ultimately dedicated his law enforcement
career to traffic enforcement. He worked in the capacity of a
Collision Investigator for three years in both Central Traffic
Division and West Traffic Division. He became a two-wheel motor
officer in 1992. Officer Cortijo was assigned to Valley Traffic
Division in 1995 and worked the DUI Task Force Team for seventeen
years. He committed his daily efforts to arresting DUI drivers and
making the streets safer.

Officer Cortijo was well respected and had a decorated career
receiving more than 120 commendations for his significant
contributions including teamwork, professionalism, dedication,
integrity, acceptance of responsibility and personal pride. Above
and beyond those accolades, Officer Cortijo was honored as employee
of the year both in 2002 and recently in 2013, when he was publicly
recognized for making 171 DUI arrests during the course of the
year. He has dedicated himself to protecting others and keeping the
community safe. In doing so, Officer Cortijo was responsible for
the arrest and apprehension of more than 3,000 DUI drivers. This is
a true testament to his commitment to public service.

Officer Cortijo was well recognized for his involvement and success
in the coordination and management of the San Fernando Valley DUI
Checkpoints. In addition, he has been influential in the continued
success of receiving grant funding for future operations.

It is with great sorrow that we say goodbye to a brother, described
by his friends and family as a good man with a big heart, who
selflessly dedicated his life to protecting others and saving
lives. Those who knew him, will always remember that proud and
distinct smile he wore when speaking about his son.

Officer Cortijo patrolled the streets of the San Fernando Valley,
which encompasses the area south of Foothill Boulevard to
Mulholland Pass and between Valley Circle and Lowell Avenue,
approximately 244 square miles.

Officer Cortijo was a valuable member of the VTD team and his
knowledge in DUI enforcement cannot be overstated. His peers and
supervisors often relied on Officer Cortijo's knowledge of DUI
enforcement and DUI case law to improve DUI enforcement

There is no doubt that Officer Cortijo's dedication to DUI
enforcement has saved numerous lives and made Los Angeles and its
surrounding communities a much safer place to commute and reside.
The Los Angeles Police Department, VTD, is honored and appreciative
of Officer Cortijo's dedication and loyalty to the communities he

Officer Cortijo is survived by his beloved partner Lillie Price,
his son Jonathan Cortijo, brother Jonathon Womack and daughter
Christina Beal.

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