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Calif. Correctional Officer, K-9 Killed In Rollover

March 25, 2013  | 

Photo courtesy of CDCR.
Photo courtesy of CDCR.

A state correctional officer and his search dog died Monday in a single-vehicle crash in San Diego County.

Sgt. Gilbert Cortez, 46, and his dog, Mattie, were among five K-9 teams driving south in separate vehicles on state Route 79 shortly after 7 a.m. They were headed to the La Cima Fire Camp, where they were scheduled to search inmates for drugs and other contraband.

Cortez, a member of the Southern Regional K-9 Unit, worked at the California Rehabilitation Center. He began his career at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in 1990 and reached the rank of sergeant the following year.

Officer Cortez is survived by his wife, their two children and his parents. His K-9 partner Mattie was a female Belgian Malinois, who was certified to search for contraband and narcotics.

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Comments (5)

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Josh @ 3/26/2013 5:46 AM

That is sad so sorry to hear that

Roy @ 3/26/2013 5:36 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and fellow officers through out CA. My you both rest in peace as you watch over us from above!

Trainer R.T. @ 3/26/2013 6:35 PM

May the both of you rest in peace. Our prayers are with your family. You will truly missed.

mac @ 3/27/2013 5:00 PM

i had the honor of working with him on a joint task force sweep. He was a great guy very devoted. May your family be blessed.

Trigger @ 4/1/2013 11:11 AM

Sgt. Cortez may you rest in peace brother. May the Good Lord hold you close.

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