Tulalip Tribal Police branch (TR)

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Police Officer Charlie Cortez

Tulalip Tribal Police department, Tribal Police

conclusion of Watch Wednesday, November 18, 2020

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Charlie Cortez

Police Officer Charlie Cortez died after the 24-foot fisheries enforcement vessel he changed into in capsized after being struck by means of a rogue wave within the Puget Sound, Washington, at about 9:00 pm.

He and his partner had simply escorted a distressed boater into Tulalip Bay when their vessel was struck by way of the wave and capsized. A search became automatically initiated with the aid of tribal, local, state, and federal agencies within the enviornment. Officer Cortez’s partner became observed within the water suffering from hypothermia near Hat Island at about 11:45 pm and rescued by means of tribal fishermen.

Officer Cortez turned into now not determined and, because of cold water temperatures and antagonistic climate conditions, it turned into decided that Officer Cortez couldn’t have survived. the hunt and recovery operation was suspended on November nineteenth, 2020.

Officer Cortez had served with the Tulalip Tribal Police branch for 3 years.


  • Age 29
  • Tour three years
  • Badge no longer accessible

Incident particulars

  • trigger Drowned
  • area Washington
  • Incident Date Tuesday, November 17, 2020

marine patrol


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leisure in peace, Officer Cortez. You deserve your divine reward.

may also God comfort your family unit, pals, and fellow officers at this intricate time.

God bless and protect the thin Blue Line that protects us all.

deepest Citizen Kathryn Felts
mother of & family member of legislations Enforcement

November 19, 2020

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