Memorial to be held for Tulalip officer lost at sea

The memorial for Charlie Cortez will be held next week at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett.

Charlie Cortez with his children, Dominic and Peyton. (Family photo)

Charlie Cortez with his children, Dominic and Peyton. (Family photo)

A memorial will be held next week for Charlie Joe Cortez, a Tulalip fish and wildlife officer who was lost in Puget Sound last November in the line of duty.

Cortez, 29, was on his way back from a call when waves capsized his patrol boat on Nov. 17, 2020. His body has yet to be found. He was a Tulalip Tribal member and was born and raised on the reservation.

“Charlie was a son, brother and father of two beautiful children,” says a news release from the Tulalip Tribes. “Please join us to honor his sacrifice and support his family.”

The memorial will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Angel of the Winds Arena, 2000 Hewitt Avenue, Everett. The service is open to the public.

Beforehand, a procession will travel along the Everett waterfront, then head east on Hewitt and to the venue. People who want to view it are encouraged to find a spot by 11 a.m. along Marine View Drive, north of the naval station.

Zachariah Bryan: 425-339-3431; Twitter: @zachariahtb.

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