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Cottonwood police officer killed in head-on accident to be laid to rest

Commander Jody Makuch of the Cottonwood Police Department was killed in a head-on car accident on Sept. 7 in Cottonwood.

PHOENIX — An officer from a police department in northern Arizona who was killed in an off-duty accident earlier this month will soon be laid to rest. 

Commander Jody Makuch of the Cottonwood Police Department was killed in a head-on motorcycle accident on Sept. 7 in Cottonwood.

Makuch's funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday.

The service will be held at Verde Community Church in Cottonwood.

The services are open to the public, but precautions will be taken for social distancing and guests are asked to wear a mask. 

Anyone who is coming is asked to use the parking lot off of Willard Street for Verde Community Church. Overflow can park in the parking lot of the Seventh Day Adventist Church just north and next to Verde Community Church.

First responders and family members will park in the back parking lot of Verde Community Church accessed off of South Candy Lane. 

Officials are expecting significant attendance. 

Once capacity is reached, attendees can watch the services live-streamed at Journey Church or Verde Valley Christian Church.

The Cottonwood Police Department will also livestream the funeral for anyone who cannot make it or who may have a compromised immune system.

The streams can be found on Verde Valley TV, Cottonwood Arizona Police Department's Facebook or City of Cottonwood's Facebook.

The department also warned others of a potential scam involving someone trying to benefit from Makuch's death.

"They are calling people and asking for their credit card information representing themselves as someone from Law Enforcement Heroes or law enforcement on behalf of Jody Makuch," the department warned in an email. 

"Law Enforcement Heroes nor anyone else representing the police department will call you asking for your credit card information."

Anyone who wants to make donations can do so here or here. They can also come to the Cottonwood Police Department in person and make a donation.