Officer Jon Coutchie
Laguna Beach Police Dept.
EOW: September 21, 2013
Laguna Beach Police Officer Jon Coutchie, 41, was tragically killed in the line of duty in a collision at the intersection of South Coast Highway at Cleo Street on the evening of September 21, 2013 while responding to a call on his motorcycle. The Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs is collecting donations on behalf on the Laguna Beach Police Employees Association to benefit Officer Coutchie’s family.
At approximately 11:30pm on Saturday, September 21, just 30 minutes prior to finishing his shift, Officer Coutchie was traveling northbound on Coast Highway, responding to a call of a speeding motorist who had evaded another officer. While attempting to locate the speeding vehicle, Officer Coutchie was involved in a collision with a pickup truck in the intersection with Cleo Street. Citizens 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,” witness Ian Paul said. Paul, who was walking in the area at the time, said he stayed with the officer as another citizen administered CPR. Fellow officers quickly responded. After finding Officer Coutchie had tragically succumbed to his injuries, one of the officers ran to a local supermarket for an American flag. Officer Coutchie’s body was draped in that American flag, honoring his sacrifice as an Army Ranger and a Laguna Beach police officer.
Officer Coutchie was born in Tucson, Arizona on October 2, 1971, and raised in Orange County where he graduated from Laguna Hills High School in 1989. After the September 11th terrorist attacks, Officer Coutchie enlisted in the military and became an Army Ranger. He served his country from 2003-2007 and completed tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan
After being honorably discharged from the Army, Officer Coutchie applied for a part-time jailer position at the Laguna Beach Police Department. He showed great enthusiasm for his job and excelled with each assignment. Laguna Beach PD sponsored him through the Goldenwest Police Academy in 2008. Officer Coutchie successfully completed this training in March of 2009 and was immediately sworn in as a Laguna Beach police officer. In March of 2013, Officer Coutchie was selected for one of the coveted motor officer positions with the department.
This is Laguna Beach PD’s first line-of-duty death since 1953.
Officer Jon Coutchie is survived by his mother, father, step-mother, brother, step-sister, and girlfriend. Please keep his loved ones, his partners and the people of Laguna Beach in your prayers during this difficult time.
Unfortunately, unscrupulous people have taken the opportunity in the past to capitalize on the deaths of officers killed in the line of duty. The AOCDS Memorial Fund is the only fund authorized by the Laguna Beach Police Employees Association accepting donations in honor of Officer Jon Coutchie.
Your donations are tax deductible through the AOCDS (Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs) Memorial Fund, an IRS 501(c) 3 Charity. Donations can be made online here or by check payable to “AOCDS Memorial Fund” 1314 West Fifth Street, Suite A, Santa Ana, CA 92703. Please reference Laguna Beach Police Officer Jon Coutchie in the memo section of your check. 100% of your donation will be used directly for this cause.
The AOCDS Memorial Fund directly assists the surviving families of our fallen Orange County deputy sheriffs and Orange County peace officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The fund also assists their families and the loved ones of fallen peace officers during times of need. Since 2005 the fund has provided over $1,000,000.00 in assistance. The Memorial Fund is a charitable organization and recognized by the IRS as a non-profit 501(c) (3), Tax ID# 33-0917425. All contributions and donations are tax deductible. The fund does not charge any administrative or fund raising fees and is NOT affiliated with the United Way.