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Former Sheriff Emery dies after long illness

December 31, 2012
By LEVI PASCHER , The Leader Herald

FONDA - Retired Montgomery County Sheriff Ronald "Rush" Emery died Saturday night after a long illness at age 76.

The longtime sheriff died at his home with those he loved, his daughter Holly said this morning.

"Rush was a real great guy and he will really be missed," Amsterdam 3rd Ward Supervisor Ronald Barone Sr. said this morning. "He was a master; he knew what he was doing and what he was looking for. He will be sorely missed in this community. He did an awful lot for a lot of people."

He said Emery played an intricate part when the new county public safety facility was being built. The sheriff visited other facilities around the state to determine the best options.

Barone described Emery as "an icon in this county."

Emery retired from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office in 1997.

Amsterdam Town Supervisor Thomas DiMezza, a retired Amsterdam police detective, said Emery became sheriff in 1974.

DiMezza, who started working in corrections under Emery for about three years, said today, "I always remember Rush being a standup guy. He was always a man of integrity, honor and hard working. He was always there for his men."

Funeral arrangements were not yet announced by press time this morning.

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