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Casa Grande Police Officer Jesus 'Chuy' Lara dies after battling COVID-19

Police Officer Jesus Chuy Lara
Posted at 11:41 AM, Jan 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-06 06:20:46-05

CASA GRANDE, AZ — A Casa Grande Police Department officer has died after battling COVID-19, the department announced Tuesday.

Police Officer Jesus “Chuy” Lara spent six years with the department and also spent two years with Gila River Police Department.

"We ask that you join us, as we keep Chuy, his family, and friends in our thoughts and prayers," the department said in a tweet.

He leaves behind a wife and three children.

Police Officer Jesus Chuy Lara
Police Officer Jesus “Chuy” Lara

Officials said outside of his profession, Officer Lara loved to be active within his community.

The department says he coached youth sports teams and was a positive influence on the young members of the community.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made, but an online fundraiser has been set up to support his family.