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Viewing and Service for SWAT Officer and Marine Robert J. Cottle Taking Place Downtown

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Monday, April 12, 2010, at 12:24PM
service Ed Fuentes

LAPD officers salute as the casket of Robert J. Cottle is brought into the Police Administration Building for a viewing on Monday morning.

Quietly, the hearse pulled up front of LAPD headquarters on Monday morning, where officers were waiting at full attention, lined up along the walkway. They were there for fallen Swat Officer Robert J. Cottle, the Marines reservist who died from a roadside bombing in Afghanistan on March 24.

A closed casket visitation for the Marine sergeant major, the first active duty LAPD officer to be killed in Iraq or Afghanistan, began at noon today. A private service will be held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels tomorrow at 9:30am.

It will be proceeded by a procession from the Police Administration Building at 8:45am.

Cottle was appointed to LAPD on September, 10, 1990, according to the department's website, and had been assigned to Metropolitan Division since February 1996. He was a member of ā€œDā€ Team, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT).

A street closure on Main, between 1st and 2nd, is in effect during the duration of the viewing.

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