The “Stay Frosty” Patch for Robert Cottle

LAPD Metro SWAT Officer, Element Team Leader and USMC SGTMAJ Robert J. Cottle, was Killed In Action by a roadside bomb in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on March 24, 2010. He was the first LAPD officer killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. RJ joined the Marines at the age of 19 and in 1990 joined the LAPD, where he worked billets including Hollywood Vice, Southeast Area, LAPD Dive Team and SWAT. In the USMC (R) Cottle was assigned to the 4TH LAR (Light Armored Reconnaissance) Battalion, 4thMarine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, based out of Camp Pendleton, California.
“Gordo”, a former SWAT Team member, partner and best friend to RJ decided to create something to honor RJ’s memory and fantastic life. Considering RJ’s parting saying was always, “Stay Frosty Gents,” and his

call sign was, “23D,” Gordo made up the Stay Frosty patch. It has become very popular and has been worn in countries all over the World…

If you would like a “Stay Frosty” patch in memory of 23 D…Sgt Maj Robert James Cottle, send a self-addressed envelope and $5.00 to…

Gordo Fox Consultants
2419 E Harbor Blvd #184
Ventura, CA 93001

All proceeds will go to RJ’s wife and daughter.

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  • Brandon

    I have always respected law enforcement agencies that allowed their military vets to wear their military awards in conjunction with awards received from the agency. That and things like jump wings, ranger tab pins, EGA and the like. Not that they are treated any more differently on the street (except for easier rapport with vets but vets are normally the good guys or at least fairly compliant), it is still a reminder to all that their military service is appreciated and a reminder to many that about half of all the cops in this country are prior military.

  • Semper Fi

  • Jack

    Semper Fi Sgt Major Cottle.

  • SSG B.

    Semper Fi and stay frosty SGTMAJ. God bless.

  • Mike

    Good stuff right there, glad his family is still being thought of too…

  • Sgt. a.a.r.

    Semper Fi, God rest his soul, God Bless his family. Stay Frosty where ever you roam, SGTMJ.

  • Deputy Chief Larry H

    Semper Fi 23D, Semper Fi. Rest in Peace and thank you for your service.

  • Nina Killian

    Lord if some dark and dreary night,
    I must give my life,
    Lord, with your everlasting love
    protect my children and my wife.
    Thank you Robert Cottle, i will keep you in my prayesr’s:)

  • Murphy, M.

    I’m glad to see my good friend RJ in your AO. Still can’t believe we are at 2+ years brother…

  • SgtMaj Hayes

    Gordo, thanks for everything you continue to do for RJ. Semper Fi my brothers.

  • Chicago P.D. Brother

    Our team first met R.J. in Washington D.C. during the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial services at our nations Capitol.
    He remains the catalyst that bonds our agencies under the ‘Thin Blue Line’ umbrella of law enforcement.
    ‘Serving twice by choice,’ he served our great country making the Ultimate Sacrifice on behalf of all who enjoy its freedom.
    He will forever remain in the thoughts and prayers of all who care, his brothers and sisters in blue.
    “All Gave Some Because Some Gave All’

  • Hello from germany…i have a question..
    ship you to germany too?
    if you do it how much would it cost and how can I pay?
    maybe you used paypal?
    would be grateful for an information to my email address


    God bless 23D thank you for all you have done.

  • klinton
  • WILL P

    Sent some money in a few weeks ago what is the estimated shipping on these?