Sgt. Kerry Winters
GLASCO – Funeral services were held for St. Thursday for Kerry
Winters, Sr., a sergeant in the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office,
who died during a diving exercise in the Ashokan Reservoir on September
His cause of death has not yet been determined. He was 51.
The veteran of 30 years in the sheriff’s office was remembered
as a hero by one of his colleagues, Deputy Dirk Budd.
“During Hurricane Irene, the western part of the county at Shandaken,
Olive, those areas, there was a tremendous amount of flooding. Sgt. Winters
was an integral part of the in-water rescue team, very experienced with
swift water rescue and diving and he was instrumental in saving a lot
of people’s lives, who were trapped on the roofs of cars, trapped
on roofs of homes, clinging to logs,” Budd said.
Following a Mass of Christian Burial, Winters was laid to rest in St.
Mary of the Snow Cemetery in Barclay Heights.
Funeral procession heads to the church for funeral services