Costa Mesa Police Officer Killed In Traffic Collision
On March 5, 2013, at approximately 10:15 p.m., Detective Michael “Mike” Delgadillo, a Senior member of the Costa Mesa Police Department, was involved in a traffic collision on Bristol Street at Newport Boulevard.
Mike was heroically treated at the scene of the collision by responding Costa Mesa police officers and fire personnel before being transported to Western Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased early this morning. The collision is still under investigation. No further details are available.
Mike honorably and faithfully served the Costa Mesa Police Department for 32 years. Mike started his career in 1981. Mike did an exceptional job as a young patrol officer, which led to him being selected to his first specialty assignment with the South Coast Plaza Unit, providing law enforcement services to employees and customers. While assigned to that unit, Mike promoted to senior officer in 1984.
In 1987 Mike volunteered to return to patrol as a field training officer (FTO) in order to help train and mentor new officers. Mike received many accolades for his work and was described as a “Great FTO” by supervision.
From 1988 through 1994, Mike was a canine officer, serving the community well with his partner, police service dog Nero. As a canine officer, Mike received many commendations.
In 1996, Mike was selected as an Investigator in the Gang Unit, where he served one year before being selected as a narcotic investigator in 1997. Mike worked many major narcotics cases during his seven years of service in the unit.
In 2004, Mike was selected to his most current assignment in the department’s Investigative Services Bureau, where Mike has served admirably as a detective. Most recently, Mike was assigned as a, Crimes against Persons Detective. Mike has handled many major cases and has dutifully served the Costa Mesa community and more specifically the victims of the many cases he has worked over the years.
Mike is described as a loyal, dedicated, hardworking employee. Mike is probably best known for his charismatic personality and his strong desire to train and mentor others, by imparting his vast knowledge and many years of experience to the younger and less experienced.
Mike is survived by his parents, brother, and children, Ivy, Noah, Sierra, and Quinton (ages 13-20 years).
Anyone wanting to make donations for Mike’s family can make them out to the “Costa Mesa Police Association Survivor Fund” C/O Mike Delgadillo. Funeral arrangements to be deteremined.
The Costa Mesa Police Officer’s Association is a non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible. Donations can be dropped off at the Costa Mesa Police Department or mailed to:
P.O. Box 1742
Costa Mesa, CA 92628
The Costa Mesa Police Officers' Association is not actively soliciting donations from the public and donations should only be made to the Costa Mesa Police Association Survivor Fund.
Mike will be missed dearly by all.