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Laguna Beach Motor Officer Jon Coutchie Killed in Traffic Collision

Officer Jon Coutchie, 42, died in the line of duty when his motorcycle collided with a Chevrolet pickup truck around 11 p.m. Saturday on S. Pacific Coast Highway at Cleo St. in Laguna Beach.

 

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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.

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Officer Jon Coutchie (Laguna Beach PD)

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.

The Laguna Beach police officer who was killed in a traffic collision over the weekend was taken by motorcade from the coroner’s office in Santa Ana to a Laguna Beach mortuary Tuesday morning.

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Officer Jon Coutchie (Laguna Beach PD)

Officer Jon Coutchie, 42, died in the line of duty when his motorcycle collided with a Chevrolet pickup truck around 11 p.m. Saturday on S. Pacific Coast Highway at Cleo St. in Laguna Beach.

The motorcade left the Orange County Coroner’s Office at about 9:15 a.m. en route to McCormick’s Mortuary in Laguna Beach, Capt. Jason Kravetz of the Laguna Beach Police Department said.

Coutchie’s family was expected to be at the mortuary, which would be closed to the public, according to Kravetz.

Services for Coutchie were preliminarily set for Friday at 11 a.m. at Mariner’s Church in Irvine, Kravetz said.

After the services, Coutchie is expected to be flown to Yuma, Ariz. were he would be laid to rest next to his grandfather.

Coutchie was born in Tucson, and raised in Orange County where he graduated from Laguna Hills High School in 1989, according to the police department.

After the September 11th 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.

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.

He was the first member of the Laguna Beach Police Department to be killed in the line of duty since 1953, the department said.

An investigation was underway Sunday into the death of a Laguna Beach Police officer who was killed in a traffic collision, authorities said.

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Officer Jon Coutchie (Laguna Beach PD)

Officer Jon Coutchie, who was on duty at the time, was driving his motorcycle when it collided with a Chevrolet pickup truck around 11 p.m. Saturday on S. Pacific Coast Highway at Cleo St. in Laguna Beach.

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The officer’s motorcycle collided with a truck

Witnesses rushed to assist the fallen officer.

“As soon as I saw him go down, I ran up to help the poor guy and he was already lifeless,” Ian Paul said.

Paul, who was walking in the area at the time, said he stayed with the officer as another pedestrian administered CPR.

“I tried to talk to the officer and there was no response,” Paul said.

Members of the Laguna Beach Police Department were said to be devastated by the news.

On Sunday morning officers could be seen crying and hugging as they placed flowers near the crash site.

Coutchie, 42, was born in Tucson, and raised in Orange County where he graduated from Laguna Hills High School in 1989, according to the police department.

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Distraught officers leave flowers at the scene of the crash (KTLA)

After the September 11th 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.

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.

He is the first member of the Laguna Beach Police Department to be killed in the line of duty since 1953, the department said.

Governor Gerry Brown issued the following statement regarding the death of Officer Jon Coutchie:

“Anne and I extend our deepest condolences to Officer Coutchie’s loved ones. As we mourn the loss of Officer Coutchie, we commit to honoring his service and remembering his sacrifice.”

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the crash.

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