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Sheriff's Office Loses Beloved Colleague

CHOWCHILLA – Sheriff John Anderson today announced the passing of a respected citizen volunteer and valued friend.

Citizens On Patrol (COP) member Gerald Kusa, known to his colleagues and friends as Jerry, died suddenly this past Sunday.

Kusa joined the Madera County Sheriff’s nationally recognized COPs unit in October 2011.His beat, primarily Chowchilla, would often extend beyond that part of the county into other sections on the valley, and even to assignments in the foothills of Eastern Madera County.

Never one to shy away from what he called his civic duty, no task was ever too tall for Jerry. In the short time he served as Madera County’s second set of eyes, he quickly became known as the go-to guy who could always be counted on no matter what, and no matter when.

“Wherever he was needed, Jerry carried out his duties with great enthusiasm and pride,” said Sheriff Anderson. “He was equally dedicated to the needs of the department as he was to the citizens of Madera County,” he added.

Born Feb. 24, 1943, COP Gerald Kusa died Mar. 24, at the age of 70.

A memorial Service is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 28, at St. Columba Catholic Church, located near Humboldt and 3rd Street in Chowchilla.

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