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Funeral for California Highway Patrol officer killed in freeway accident set to begin

June 30, 2010 |  7:38 am

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Hundreds of law enforcement officers from around the state are expected to attend the funeral Wednesday for California Highway Patrol Officer Philip Ortiz, who died June 22 from injuries suffered in an accident on the 405 Freeway.

  Services are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. The service is open to the public.

Ortiz, 48, was writing a ticket in the emergency lane of the 405 Freeway on June 9 when he was struck by a car and pinned against the sport utility vehicle he had pulled over. He was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where he died 13 days later.

Ortiz is one of five CHP officers who have been killed in the line of duty since May 7.

"They were all accidents that are very hard to prepare for," said Jon Hamm, CEO of the California Assn. of Highway Patrolmen. "The officers were doing the right thing … it’s just a dangerous job."

-- Sam Allen

Photo: California Highway Patrol officers line up outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles prior to the memorial  service for fellow officer Philip Ortiz, who died June 22 from injuries suffered in an accident on the 405 Freeway. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

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