Brought to tears and overwhelmed with emotion as Kimberly Saleem remembers Officer David Ortiz. Kimberly Saleem only knew Officer Ortiz for one year, enough time for him to impact her life.
“He would say the little things to make you laugh, he was big in giving advice” says Saleem.
It was the afternoon of March 10th when Officer Ortiz was rear ended while on his motorcycle, the accident left him in the hospital where he ultimately lost his life.
The nine year police veteran worked weekends at Barnett Harley Davidson where he was close to many who worked there.
Estela Cazares had been friends with Officer Ortiz for about 7 years, the news of his passing was almost unbearable for her.
Both Cazares and Saleem described Officer Ortiz as funny, full of life and loving. They say he took his job as a police officer very serious and truly cared about his community.
Following the accident, Saleem says she would check on Ortiz’s condition daily, at one point she was told he opened his eyes and that day she believed he would be ok.
Officer Ortiz brought smiles and laughter into peoples lives, leaving behind aching hearts and memories that will stay with those who knew him forever.
“There’s a lot of people out there who loved him and that are going to miss him a lot” said Cazeras.