A motorcade that included more than 50 motorcycle officers amassed Tuesday to transport the body of fallen Laguna Beach police Officer Jon Coutchie from the coroner's office to a mortuary.
The unexpectedly large showing came as word of the planned motorcade spread to other police agencies, Laguna Beach police Capt. Jason Kravetz said in a media briefing before the event. The response, he said, "has frankly taken us by surprise."
"We had planned on doing this ourselves, but word spread to other law enforcement officers who will now be showing up to participate," Kravetz said. "It has truly been an emotional experience."
Police department personnel lined the entrance to McCormick’s Mortuary in Laguna Beach as the motorcade arrived from the Orange County coroner's office in Santa Ana.
The Assn. of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs is collecting donations to help with the cost of funeral expenses. Donations can be made online or by check, payable to "AOCDS Memorial Fund" 1314 W. 5th St., Suite A, Santa Ana, CA 92703. Reference "Laguna Beach Police Officer Jon Coutchie" in the memo section of the check.