The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Marina del Rey Station plans to christen a new patrol boat next week.

The patrol boat, J. Ortiz, honors Sheriff’s Deputy Jerry Ortiz, who was killed in the line of duty in June.

County Sheriff Leroy Baca and Marina del Rey station personnel are scheduled to christen the new patrol boat at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 8th, at the Sheriff’s Marina Station, 13851 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey.

Other guests scheduled to attend include Marina Sheriff’s Captain Mary Campbell; County Department of Beaches and Harbors director Stan Wisniewski; Chelea Ortiz, widow of Jerry Ortiz; and Ortiz family members.

The J. Ortiz is a new all-aluminum jet-powered search-and-rescue patrol boat that will provide a response vessel for marine operations and provide rapid response to the county maritime region, sheriff’s officials say.

Current and former boat operators will assist at the event by giving tours and demonstrating the operation of the new vessel.

Information, Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau, (323) 526-5541, or deputy Mike Carriles, (310) 823-7762.

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