PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. - The Putnam County Sheriff Office recently honored one of its new patrol motorcycles in the memory of Mark Gilmore, a sheriff's investigator who recently passed away, according to Sheriff Donald B. Smith.
Gilmore, who was in charge of the Narcotics Enforcement Unit, died March 1, from a heart attack while off-duty.
During his 28-year career in the Sheriff’s Office, Gilmore also served time as a patrol officer.
“In recognition of Mark’s devotion to duty as a motor officer over the years, as well as his life-long personal love for riding, we thought it most fitting to memorialize Mark by emblazoning his name and badge number on the new motorcycle,” said the Sheriff.
The motorcycle was unveiled on Saturday, July 22, at a fundraising event held to benefit Gilmore’s widow, Amy, and his daughter Mattingly, and also to benefit Deputy Sheriff Michael Schmidt and his family.
Schmidt, who has served as the Youth and Community Services Officer for the department, is battling a rare form of cancer.
The event, organized by the Sheriff’s Office PBA, was a barbecue held at the Patterson Fire Department grounds that was attended by many Sheriff’s Office employees and their families, as well as a number of police officers from various area departments and other supporters.
Amy and Mattingly Gilmore attended the event and were surprised and delighted by the unveiling of the specially marked motorcycle, which bears the inscription “RIP Sr. Inv. Mark Gilmore” on its sides and “92”, his badge number, on its back. The motorcycle is a 2017 Harley Davidson Police FLHTP Electra Glide, which is used by the Sheriff’s Office for general patrol functions, motorcade escorts, and parades.
GoFundMe accounts have been created by the PBA for those who may wish to make donations to help the Gilmore and Schmidt families, as follows:
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