Police honor fallen officer who died in line of duty


Police honor fallen officer who died in line of duty

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YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) – As a police officer, his call sign was "Mike-13," but everyone else knew him as Jon Coutchie.

This Saturday, he returned to Yuma for the last time.

"Jon was one of our finest and was a great person at heart, both personally and professionally. And he was just one hell of a guy," said Captain Darin Lenyay, of the Laguna Beach Police Department.

Coutchie's family, friends and brother officers were in Yuma Saturday as they laid him to rest.

Coutchie was a motorcycle officer killed at the intersection of South Coast Highway and Cleo Street while looking for a speeding vehicle that had evaded other officers

Lenyay says his whole department can feel the loss.

"We will keep his memory alive for as long as all of us work there," Lenyay said.

Lenyay and other members of his department made the trip to Yuma to pay their respects.

As a tribute to the fallen officer, the department has given Coutchie's signature call sign a special designation.

Lenyay says his department can rest easy tonight knowing that his brethren are standing watch while Coutchie lies in state.

Jon Coutchie is gone, but his memory lives on.

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