Ribbons honor fallen Blue Angel pilot, family

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Ribbons honor fallen Blue Angel pilot, family

Tribute to Durango native Jeff Kuss spreads downtown
Fundraisers launched

A gofundme site has been set up to benefit the family of Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss, a Durango native.
The fundraiser was set up by Kuss’ sister-in-law, Nicole Perino.
“Captain Kuss made the ultimate sacrifice and has left behind his precious wife, Christina, and two small children, Calvin, 4, and Sloane, 1,” the page reads. “This family needs all of our support and Jeff is a true American hero who saved the lives of thousands in this terrible tragedy. Jeff was born and raised in Durango, Colorado, and learned to fly before he could drive.”
By Friday evening, donors had contributed $89,000 toward the $250,000 goal.
To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/jeffkuss.
Also, the International Council of Air Shows has established a fund for the family, according to its website. The organization provides financial assistance to members of the air show community after a death or other catastrophe. Donors can contribute money to the Capt. Jeff Kuss Foundation at www.icasfoundation.org.

Ribbons honor fallen Blue Angel pilot, family

Pauline Ellis ties a blue and yellow ribbon on the door of a downtown business to honor Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss, a pilot for the Blue Angels, who died Thursday. Kuss was killed when his jet crashed during practice for an air show in Tennessee.
Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss died Thursday when his F/8-18 Hornet crashed while he was practicing with five other Blue Angels pilots for the Great Tennessee Airshow.
A group of Durangoans organized Friday to place ribbons on downtown businesses, trees and light posts in memory of Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss. The blue and yellow represent both the Blue Angels and Fort Lewis College, where Kuss received his diploma.
Kayla Stoddard honors Durango native and Blues Angels pilot Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss, who died Thursday when his jet crashed in Tennessee.
David Harwood of Prairie Fire Percherons ties blue and yellow ribbons onto Maggie, who pulls a carriage through downtown Durango, on Friday. A group of Durangoans placed ribbons on downtown businesses, trees and light posts in memory of Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss, who died in a jet crash Thursday.
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