Putnam County Sheriff Donald Smith announced Thursday that a senior investigator in his office, Mark R. Gilmore, died after collapsing at a gym in Dutchess County.
Smith's whose office said that Gilmore, 54, had an "apparent heart attack," noted that an official cause of death has yet to be determined. Gilmore was rushed to Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie but could not be revived, the office added.
“Mark was a consummate professional,” Smith said in a statement. “As head of the Narcotics Unit, Mark worked hard every day at trying to keep dangerous drugs away from our most precious resources—our children and young adults.”
Smith recalled working with Gilmore offered his support to his family.
“All of us who had the pleasure of working with Mark in the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and Correctional Facility, and so many other people who knew Mark personally and professionally, are grieving his loss,” the sheriff added. “Our heavy hearts go out to Mark’s wife, Amy, his daughter Mattingly, and to all of his family and friends.”
Gilmore worked in the sheriff's office for 28 years, according to his provided biography. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Gilmore held a variety of posts while working in the sheriff's office.
"He served as a correction officer, deputy sheriff, sergeant and, most recently, as the Senior Investigator in charge of the Narcotics Enforcement Unit. He was a member of the Emergency Response Team and was a motorcycle officer, and was the recipient of several Letters of Commendation and Unit Citations during his career."
No funeral or wake plans have been announced yet.
Gilmore is survived by his wife, Amy; his daughter, Mattingly; his brother, J.R. Gilmore and his wife, Kerry; his sister, Cynthia Peddy and her husband, James; his father, John B. Gilmore; his stepmother, Eve Gilmore; his mother-in-law, Anne Van Derwerker; his brother-in-law Bill Van Derwerker and his wife, Stacey.