MCSO receives $10K donation

Will be used for 2 Sea-Doo watercrafts for rescues

From left, Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino, Montgomery County Undersheriff Carl Rust, Montgomery County Executive Matthew L. Ossenfort, Brandon Craig, Ron Craig, Justin Craig, Andy Heck, Montgomery County Sheriff Jeffery T. Smith, Fulton County Undersheriff Daniel Izzo and Theresa DaBiere-Craig pictured in front of the two Sea-Doo personal watercrafts which will be used by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office during water-related incidents. (Photo submitted)

FONDA — The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was donated funds from the Sean Craig Memorial Fund to purchase two Sea-Doo personal watercrafts to help sheriff’s deputies respond to water emergencies.

According to a news release, the donation of $10,000 went toward the purchase of the two Sea-Doo personal watercrafts, a transportation trailer and appropriate safety equipment that can be utilized for response to water emergencies and to enhance water safety in Montgomery County.

“I commend the Craig family for their work and this partnership,” said Matt Ossenfort. “Montgomery County executive. “Together we are working to make a meaningful difference in our community by improving safety for those who enjoy water recreation in our county and neighboring counties.”

According to the release, the donation represents the Sean Craig Memorial Fund’s position that law enforcement and emergency responders must have adequate resources to deploy and respond to water emergencies, especially in Montgomery County with the increased recreational use on the Mohawk River and with the history of natural disasters from rain and floods.

The goal of the donation is to increase the presence of the sheriff’s office on local waterways to provide an added benefit of raising awareness of the importance of water safety on and near the water.

Shown are the two Sea-Doo personal watercrafts the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office purchased with a $10,000 donation made by the Sean Craig Memorial Fund. (Photo submitted)

“We are grateful to all the family, friends, community members and businesses who have supported the fund in Sean’s memory in order to make this donation possible,” Theresa DaBiere-Craig said. “We all share the hope that more water safety awareness and resources will prevent accidents and fatalities in the future.”

According to the release, the equipment will be used for emergency response and potential patrol of the Mohawk River, Beardslee Lake and large ponds located throughout the county.

Montgomery County Sheriff Jeff Smith said the donation made for a perfect opportunity to upgrade the office’s water search and rescue equipment, which now provides them with a different platform to assist mutual aid partners.

“With the expansion of our waterfront events and increased traffic in these areas, there has never been a more appropriate time to be better prepared,” Smith said. “Montgomery County, unfortunately, has had a history of search and rescue emergencies on our waterways. This includes some natural disasters resulting from severe flooding. We have also requested and provided mutual aid to our law enforcement partners for incidents similar to those noted above.”