RPD Officer Killed in Penfield Car Crash

RPD Officer Killed in Penfield Car Crash


A Rochester police officer is dead after a one-car crash on Empire Boulevard in Penfield Saturday night.

RPD Chief La’Ron Singletary identified the officer as Manuel Ortiz, a 22-year veteran of the force.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said Ortiz was off-duty and driving into work at the time of the crash. Witnesses saw his car drift into oncoming lanes before driving into a ravine.

Deputies arrived at the site just after 7 p.m. Ortiz was pronounced dead at the scene.

No one else was in the vehicle.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. 

Ortiz was a husband and a father. The Rochester Police Foundation Inc. is collecting donations to support his family.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren called Ortiz’s passing a “great loss for the city” in a statement:

“There is no doubt that Manny Ortiz lived well, and served honorably and with compassion during his 22 years as an Officer in the Rochester Police Department. My sincere condolences go out to his wife and family, as well as, his brothers and sisters in uniform. I ask that all of Rochester join me in praying for the Ortiz family and all those that loved Officer Ortiz.”

The police union also remembered Ortiz in a statement released Sunday:

“We will always remember Manny’s infectious smile, love of his career, and zest for life. Truly loved, his loss is immeasurable for his brothers and sisters of the Rochester Police Locust Club. As we go forward in our service to others, we will serve with honor in our heart, and a tear in our eye in remembrance of our truly loved and missed brother.”