Sheriff Donald B. Smith


Donald Blaine Smith
Brigadier General
United States Army (Retired)
Putnam County Sheriff
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Westchester Man Faces DWI Charge

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Westchester County man on a charge of DWI.

Wanted Mahopac Woman Arrested

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Mahopac woman who was wanted by several jurisdictions.

Brooklyn Woman Faces Felony Assault Charge

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Brooklyn woman on a felony charge of assault.

Carmel Man Faces Drug Charge

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Carmel man on a charge of drug possession.

Mahopac Man Faces Burglary Charge

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Mahopac man on a charge of burglary.

Motorists Face DWI Charges

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the recent arrests of motorists on DWI charges.

Dutchess Woman Charged With Grand Larceny

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Dutchess County woman on a charge of grand larceny.

Sheriff's Sergeant and Deputy Commended for Preventing Man's Suicide

Deputy Hunsberger, Sergeant Keith, Sheriff SmithDeputy Hunsberger, Sergeant Keith being congratulated by Sheriff Smith

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that he has officially commended a deputy sheriff and a sergeant for their actions in preventing a suicide. Sheriff Smith has conferred Sheriff’s Commendation Medals and uniform award ribbons upon Sergeant Timothy Keith and Deputy Sheriff Daniel Hunsberger for saving the life of a despondent 53-year-old man who tried to hang himself outside his Southeast residence on November 25, 2015. The awards were presented at a ceremony held at the Sheriff’s Office on February 16, 2016.

Back on the evening of November 25th of last year, Sgt. Keith and Deputy Hunsberger were dispatched to the man’s home after the Sheriff’s Office received a third-party request to check on his welfare. They pulled their patrol cars into the man’s driveway, and as they walked toward the home they encountered the man standing on a ladder alongside the garage, with a metal cable looped around his neck and attached to the garage roof. They tried to talk the man down, but he jumped off the ladder and began to be strangled by the cable noose.

Sergeant Keith and Deputy Hunsberger sprang instantly into action. They scrambled up the ladder and lifted and supported the man’s weight, even as he resisted and tried to push them away. Unable to loosen or cut the cable, the pair managed to use brute force to break a roof support to which the cable was attached. As the cable detached from the roof, all three men fell hard to the ground.

2016 Vessel Inspection Schedule

Sheriff Donald Smith invites Putnam County residents to have a voluntary vessel inspection done by one of his Deputies assigned to the Marine Unit. In an attempt to educate the community on safe boating, Deputies will advise boaters of the required safety equipment and boating regulations in New York State. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Marine Unit patrols Lake Mahopac, Oscawana Lake and the Hudson River.

Deputies will be performing inspections at:

2016 Boater Safety Course Schedule

Sheriff Donald Smith announces that a Boater Safety class will be offered on April 16th , 2016, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Bureau of Emergency Service Building, 110 Old Route 6, Carmel.

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by Dr. Radut