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Fallen Tulalip officer Charlie Cortez honored at memorial service

The public honored the life of fallen Tulalip Tribal Police Officer Charlie Cortez during a procession and memorial service Tuesday.

EVERETT, Wash. — Fallen Tulalip Tribal Police Officer Charlie Cortez was honored at a memorial service Tuesday.

Cortez, 29, was killed last November when his patrol boat was hit by a large wave and capsized while responding to a call. His body was never recovered.

A public memorial service took place at the Angel of the Winds Arena.

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A procession along Marine View Drive was held prior to the service.

Gov. Jay Inslee directed all U.S. and Washington state flags at all state agency buildings to be lowered to half-staff on Tuesday in honor of Cortez.

Cortez leaves behind a family, including two young children.

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