Tuesday, June 2, 2015

K-9 mattie

while driving on the 15 fwy (in eastvale, ca), i noticed a memorial highway sign that caught my eye. it was for sergeant gilbert cortez and k-9 mattie. i had never seen a highway memorial to a k9 before. when i got home, i googled them and found out they both died while on duty, in 2013 when their car overturned on their way to conduct a contraband search. mattie, a belgian malinois certified to search for contraband and narcotics, was killed instantly.

sgt. cortez survived the crash but died before the medevac helicopter could reach him. he is survived by his wife and two children. the memorial highway was dedicated to them in january of this year.

RIP Sergeant Gilbert Cortez & K-9 Mattie


until we meet again my friends-


  1. Wow, I had never heard about this either. What a beautiful tribute to them.

  2. Sad, but wonderful to recognize them both.

  3. Heros both.We owe them our prayers

  4. So nice that they did something this for Hero's!