Fallen CHP Officer Ortiz Laid to Rest
The funeral, processional, and burial of fallen California Highway Patrol Officer Philip Ortiz began with a service Downtown at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, then moved solemnly across the city on the same freeways Ortiz served for so many years to his burial place in Culver City.
Ortiz was struck by a driver using the shoulder of the 405 freeway where the officer was engaged in an enforcement stop with a motorist on June 9th. Though Ortiz was airlifted to the hospital, he succumbed to his injuries several days later.
The late Ortiz is one of 5 CHP officers killed in the line of duty in the past 2 months, which makes this one of the most deadly periods in the agency's history.