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5K Run/Walk in memory of ret. SAPD Sgt. Centanni’s son who died in Afghanistan

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Marines Sgt. Major Robert RJ Cottle and LCpl Rick Centanni

2nd Annual Centanni-Cottle Memorial 5K Run and Walk

On March 24, 2010, Marines Sgt. Major Robert “RJ” Cottle and LCpl Rick Centanni were killed by an IED in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Cottle was a Police Sergeant from the LAPD, who left a wife and one-year old daughter and Centanni was the 19 -year old son – and only child – of Jon Centanni, a retired gang unit sergeant from the Santa Ana Police Department. 

Jon and Rick Centanni

Eick was born and raised in Yorba Linda, California and attended Esperanza High School where he played football. Raised as a proud and selfless American patriot by his father, Rick was determined to serve his country. Just weeks after graduation, Rick enlisted in the Marines and was ultimately assigned to H&S Company, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. In November 2009, Rick and his unit were deployed to Afghanistan on a mission to stop Taliban soldiers and supplies coming from Pakistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Tragically, while on the forward edge of our nation’s defense Rick and 27-year Marine Corps Veteran Sergeant Major Robert J. Cottle were killed in action on March 24, 2010 in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province.

Rick was an outgoing, funny, and earnest person who was an inspiration to many people throughout his life. Rick’s football coach said that Rick “played with so much joy and enthusiasm. He was a great teammate and it’s no surprise at all to me that he chose to join the one other thing with as much camaraderie – the U.S. military.” Rick’s enthusiasm and love for his country was so great it inspired Five other Esperanza High School classmates to join the Marines. Roger Malcolm, Adam Thate, Joey Patterson, Kyle Martin and Ryan Byrnes. Two of them, Kyle Martin, and Adam Thate were assigned to the same Battalion and continue to carry on Rick’s mission.

Rick’s Honorary Santa Ana Police Badge

Rick’s Honorary Santa Ana Police Badge

Rick was smart, motivated and always ready for a challenge. His stated goal in life was to become a Santa Ana Police Officer, just like his father Jon. He had enlisted in the Reserves with that in mind. Rick planned to graduate from college and apply as soon as he was able to. As a man of integrity, honor, and courage, Rick would have made an outstanding Santa Ana Police Officer.

Jon Centanni said Rick was a blessing to him, a great man who made him proud. Jon said that he would like Rick to be remembered as a pround Marine who died doing what he loved, protecting our country from people who would cause us harm. Jon fully supported the mission that his son was engaged in and this tragic incident only reinforces his belief that our country needs to complete that mission. Rick and Sergeant Major Robert J. Cottle sacrificed their today for our tomorrow and for this we will remain eternally grateful.

Please participate in the 2nd Annual Memorial 5K Run/Walk to honor the service and sacrifice of Rick and RJ! All proceeds from this charity run will be split between the “Rick Centanni Memorial Fund” and the “Blue Ribbon Trust Fund for Robert J Cottle.”

Each year the “Rick Centanni Memorial Fund” awards two Esperanza High School student-athletes who are going into the military and plan on secondary education $1,000.00 scholarships to assist them with books, tuition, etc.

The “Robert J Cottle Blue Ribbon Trust Fund” will assist RJ’s baby daughter Kaila Cottle with tuition when she goes to college.

Every race participant gets an exclusive shirt to let the world know they were part of this special run.

Location: Roads of Yorba Linda, Land of Gracious Living

Dates: Sunday, Mar 23 2014, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Address: 5241 Fairmont Boulevard, Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Adults are $30.00

Children between the ages of 5 and 12 run for free but must still register!

Military members and Full Time Students pay only $15.00 (Must present ID at Registration Desk)

All GOLDSTAR parents, widows, widowers and siblings run for FREE! Thank you for your sacrifice and we will of course honor ALL of our Fallen Heroes. Please email Laura Herzog at laura@honoringourfallen.orgfor the coupon code.

Click here to register for the 5K run/walk.


 
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  1. Well, it is good to know that Jon Centanni, a retired gang unit sergeant from the Santa Ana Police Department, suffers same pain as any parent whose child was gunned down by the SAPD13 terrorists aka gang unit.

    Obviously, the Afghan freedom fighter was fearing for his life so he blew up Rick.

    It looked to the Afghan freedom fighter that rick was reaching for his waistband and was tuning from him.

    Only the GOD can set up perfect justice against the police brutality.

    • C’mon Fiala. No one deserves to lose a child and there are no allegations that Jon did anything wrong when he worked for the SAPD.

      Jon lost his only son to a cowardly terrorist who hid a bomb in the road. That is beyond tragic.

  2. “Jon lost his only son to a cowardly terrorist who hid a bomb in the road. That is beyond tragic”……….. Hmmmmmm

    Ask Susie Young Kim’s daughter, how it is to live without her mother? Pedroza!

    You have published statement by Sean Mill “the bitch deserved to be shoot”.

    I have not see or hear John to condemn SAPD for that murder “beyond tragic” and many others.

    So it was the GOD’s will to kill his son for being silent and I trust in the GOD and I believe you do too.

    Obviously you are punished too if you are feeling a pain for Jon and so are all COPs and evil people! That is how the GOD works.

    Recently a COP was acquitted in Anaheim murder of mothers son and two Fullerton Cops of the beating to death Kelly Thomas unarmed homeless son of the father ….. Did Thomas deserved to lose his only son?….. for no reason?

    At least Rick had best weapons to defend himself….. Do you know how many women and children Rick killed in Afghanistan?…. Huh?….. Do you think the USA government will tell you.

    Rick had no business to be there!

    So these are your heroes?

    Pedroza, your moral compass is totally screwed up because someones terrorist is someone else freedom fighter.

    FAQ: Would you hid a bomb in the road if the Mexican army would invade the California?

    How about Russians?

    • I oppose the war in Afghanistan but still grieve when our soldiers die.

      • Sure!

        An oxymoron:

        “I am against the war but I am supporting our boys”

        The patriot is a person who supports the USA Constitution, First, Second, Forth etc. etc. etc., and its spirit, on a daily bases.

        I must say Pedroza, you have done pretty decent job on the first in your blogs lately.

        Be proud of it!

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