Late police officer honored in Yuma mural

Late police officer honored in Yuma mural

YUMA, Ariz. – One of the murals painted at the new advocacy center for Amberly’s Place honors a fallen police officer Jon Coutchie.

The Executive Director of Amberly’s Place Diane Umphress says when picking a picture off the internet to do the mural she picked Coutchies, not knowing he had Yuma ties.

Coutchie a Laguna Beach Police Officer was buried in Yuma, where his grandparents lived.

His family gathered on Friday to see the mural of their late son, nephew and friend.

His family says he always wanted to help children and that knowing his mural could give children comfort would make him smile.

“I think its fitting that Jon be in a position to be looked up to in a sense and through his spirit provide protection to the children. He would be smiling,” Father Robert Coutchie said.

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Denelle Confair graduated with her Bachelors from Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Broadcast and Mass Communication. She got her first on air reporter job for the NBC affiliate in Montana. After her time there she reported for the NBC affiliate in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. In Texas she covered multiple stories on the Gulf Cartel and immigration. Now she says she's glad to be back in her home state of Arizona. In her free time she enjoys hiking and writing. For story ideas you can email her at denelle.confair@kswt.com or find her on Facebook.

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