Funeral services were held Friday to remember a Laguna Beach police officer who was killed in the line of duty while responding to a report of a reckless driver on Sept 21.
The Mariner’s Church in Irvine was packed with family and friends of officer Jon Coutchie, 42, who was killed when his motorcycle collided with a Chevrolet pickup truck on South Pacific Coast Highway at Cleo Street in Laguna Beach.
“You can rest now brother. I love you, I’ll miss you. You were a great partner,” Cpl. David McGill of the Laguna Beach Police Department said.
Coutchie, whose casket was draped with an American flag, was honored by fellow officers with a motorcade earlier in the week.
“Jon, as you watch over us, please forgive us for making such a fuss,” Chief Paul Workman of the Laguna Beach Police Department said.
Coutchie was born in Tucson, Ariz., and raised in Orange County, where he graduated from Laguna Hills High School in 1989, according to the police department.
After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Coutchie joined the military and became an Army Ranger, the department said.
He served from 2003 to 2007, with tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Jon swore an oath and went to war. He became an Army Ranger and he made his father proud,” Workman said.
After being honorably discharged from the Army, he pursued a career in law enforcement.
Coutchie was sworn in as an officer in the Laguna Beach Police Department in march of 2009.
After the services, Coutchie’s body was expected to be flown to Yuma, Ariz. were he would be laid to rest next to his grandfather.
Coutchie is survived by his parents, his brother, his stepmother, a stepsister and his girlfriend.
He was the first member of the Laguna Beach Police Department to be killed in the line of duty since 1953, the department said.