PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. -- Deputies with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office are asking the public for help with creating a college fund for the daughter of a deputy who died in March by donating to their GoFundMe effort.
Senior Investigator Mark Gilmore, who served more than 28 years with the department, died after collapsing at the gym while exercising. He left behind his wife of 24 years, Amy and his 10-year-old daughter Mattingly.
During his time with the department, Gilmore worked as a corrections officer, deputy sheriff, sergeant and most recently served as a senior investigator for the past nine years. He was also a member of the Putnam County Emergency Response Team since it's inception, as well as a motorcycle officer.
Now that he is gone, his fellow deputies want to make sure that Mattingly has enough money to attend college in the future, said John Alfano, a criminal investigator with the department.
So far, the fund has raised a little over $2,000, but much more is needed to cover four years in college. In an effort to raise more money, the department is also sponsoring a fundraiser and T-shirt sale for Gilmore and Deputy Michael Schmidt who is battling multiple myeloma on July 22.
The event, which begins at 2 p.m., at the Patterson Fire Department, 13 Burdick Road, will include family fun events and entertainment. Admission is $25. All monies collected will be split 50/50 between the two families.
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