Fallen Laguna Beach officer Jon Coutchie honored on 4th anniversary of his death – Orange County Register

LAGUNA BEACH — For the officers of Laguna Beach Police Department, Sept. 21 will forever mark the day they lost not only a trusted friend and fellow police officer, but a man many described as “larger than life.”

Jon Coutchie, a Laguna Beach motor officer and former Army Ranger who was killed in the line of duty, was recognized at a ceremony Thursday marking the fourth anniversary of his death on Sept. 21, 2013.

Coutchie, who had become a motor officer in March 2013, died after a crash at Cleo Street and Coast Highway while responding to a report of a motorist driving recklessly. He was 41.

The remembrance ceremony at the Police Memorial included a presentation by the LBPD Honor Guard and comments by Police Capt. Jeff Calvert and former police Chief Paul Workman. More than 100 people, including Laguna Beach firefighters, city dignitaries and residents, came to the event.

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