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Supporting the K-9 unit: Reirings, friends donate to Madera County Sheriff’s Foundation

Tami Jo Nix/The Madera Tribune Members of the late Sgt. Chuck Reiring family present a check to the non-profit Madera County Sheriff’s Foundation from left Deputy Logan Majeski, his K-9 partner Nacho, Amy Varney, wife Joyce Reiring, daughter Kathy Reiring and granddaughter little Dixie Reiring. The money is earmarked for the K-9 unit.


Family and friends of the late Sgt. Chuck Reiring a retired Madera Sheriff’s Deputy recently made a $400 donation to the Madera County Sheriff’s Foundation. The funds are earmarked for the department’s K-9 Unit. The money was raised by selling commemorative T-shirts.

“My dad spent a lot of time working as a K-9 Unit Deputy and we wanted to do something to honor his memory,” said daughter Kathy Reiring.

Members of the Reiring family presented the check to Sheriff Jay Varney on Thursday.

A t-shirt designed by a former sheriff’s office public information officer Rita Valdivia Hill bear a small silhouette of a deputy and a dog on the left-front. The back of the shirt displays the slogan “Back the Blue,” a rendition of the American flag, a graphic of Sgt. Reiring’s deputy sheriff badge and a Bible verse from Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peace makers for they shall be called the children of God.”

The shirts sell for $15 and are available at Valley Feed and the Sub Shop in Madera and Cressman’s General Store in Shaver.

Born on July 24, 1948 he was a Madera resident since sixth grade. Sgt. Reiring came from Burbank with his parents Leonard and Hermine Reiring. He attended John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and graduated from Madera High School in 1965. He died on Sept. 2, 2016.

He retired after a 32 year career as a deputy with the Madera County Sheriff’s Office working from 1971 to 2003. He worked in many departments including as a jailer, a Chowchilla area deputy and Valley Patrol Watch Commander. He served as a K9 Handler with partner “Skipper,” and as a member of the Search and Rescue Dive Team and the TAC team a forerunner of the county’s SWAT team, said Varney. Sgt. Reiring also worked as the Reserve Deputy Liaison and Sheriff’s System Administrator.

After retirement his continued public service included working at the Madera County Information Technology Department. He also supervised security at the Madera District Fair for many years. Sgt. Reiring is survived by his wife Joyce, daughter Kari and husband Patrick Lauver, son Chuck Jr. and his wife Angie Reiring, daughter Kathy Reiring, mother Hermine Reiring, brother Ron Reiring, sister Dianna Reiring, 8 grandchildren, 8 nephews and nieces, and 9 great nephews and nieces.

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