Rio mourns fallen officer

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The Covina Police Department lost one of their own on Sept. 30, in a deadly motorcycle and automobile incident.

A graduate of Rio Hondo’s Police Academy and officer since 2007, Jordan Corder was on his very first day of patrolling the city of Covina as a motorcycle officer when an SUV collided into him.

Officer Corder walked the fine line between good and evil. He took it upon himself to be a part of the brave and selfless that upheld the law and protected the innocent from the guilty.

He carried with him the fine ideals taught to him here at Rio Hondo.

Most of his family and friends remember him as a good-natured man who showed dedication and promise in his work.

He was known by many because of his father’s many years of working in the same department.

The loss was one that was felt among the cadets, the people of Covina and the entire Covina Police department.

Although his fate was a sad one it is one that could be shared by all police officers.

Upon donning their uniform every day they are prepared to face the worst-case scenario. Corder, as all officers of the law, accepted this and took on his job with pride and joy.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving had awarded Corder three consecutive years for his work in keeping the streets of Covina safe for all.

The funeral was held in Pomona’s First Baptist Church located on 586 North Main Street on Oct. 7, with over a thousand people in attendance.

Rio Hondo College Police Academy director, Walt Allen III attended the funeral with faculty and cadets from our 200th recruit class.

Allen knew Corder personally and when asked about the Corder family answered “Jordan comes from a family of solid ethics and the sense of serving others and it is such a tragedy that he would wind up making the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty”.

His name will be added to Rio Hondo’s memorial of graduates lost in the line of duty in upcoming May.

His family and the Covina Police Department will be invited to the event. If there is any way to remember Officer Jordan Corder it would be in the great work he did for his community and not the sadness of his death.