Back the Blue: Community recalls fallen deputy in fun fashion –

The fundraiser at the Granger Homestead featured video games and meals, elevating cash for Joshua Shaver's widow.

CANANDAIGUA — Household, associates and the bigger group gathered Saturday at the Granger Homestead to recollect fallen Ontario County Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua P. Shaver in a manner he'd most respect — by having fun.

The gathering, known as Staff Josh: Back the Blue Occasion, supplied loads of actions and fun for folks of all ages. The free occasion ran from midday to 9:30 p.m., organized by members of the Ontario County Sheriff’s Highway Patrol and Basic Unit and the Canandaigua YMCA.

There have been numerous video games for kids to play, together with a child-pleasant model of archery, face-portray and henna tattoos, in addition to an inflatable Gaga Pit, designed to play a safer model of dodge ball. A K9 demonstration was additionally accomplished at 2 p.m., displaying the apprehension of a suspect.  

Adults additionally had loads of sights at the occasion, with the YMCA holding a raffle, with quite a few prizes being supplied by the group. The prizes all got here from native organizations and members of the group, together with a rifle and a customized-constructed poker desk from Chris Biear, a pal of Shaver’s.

Laurie O’Shaughnessy, CEO of the YMCA, stated there have been roughly 90 raffle gadgets out there to the public, with all proceeds from ticket gross sales going to Shaver’s spouse, Mary, and their two daughters, Laney and Kelsey. Extra assist got here from Erin and Wesley Hopkins, each associates of Shaver’s from Keuka Faculty.

O’Shaughnessy stated she hopes Mary Shaver would have the ability to return to work at the YMCA, the place she is the college-age childcare preschool director.

“She’s taking a break, however, you already know, in the fall, we’re speaking that she might come again and do some issues for us once more, as a result of we actually miss her," O’Shaughnessy stated. "She wants to concentrate to her children proper now. She’s acquired quite a bit occurring, and we’re going to be there to help her nevertheless we are able to.”

Deputy Shaver, a corrections officer who grew up in Honeoye, died because of accidents suffered in a car crash in Could, shortly after finishing his work shift. He was 35.

The impact of the group coming collectively to help the household has confirmed to be particularly useful for Mary Shaver, permitting her to get by means of the grieving course of.

“It’s arduous for me to place it into phrases as a result of it’s arduous for me to course of,” Shaver stated, referring to the quantity of assist she’s acquired from all the corners of the group. “He could be so honored and so joyful to see we’re being taken care of.”

Lots of the people from the legislation enforcement group got here out voluntarily to assist run the occasion, stated occasion coordinator Donna Schaertl. Members of the Sheriff’s Workplace had been manning cubicles promoting T-shirts or coordinating different actions to maintain the festivities going.

The choice to assist Staff Josh was not a tough one, members stated, given what number of officers labored with Shaver. One such member included Sgt. Kelly Fogarty, a member of the Ontario County Sheriff’s Highway Patrol Division, who remembered Shaver for his humorousness.

“It was at all times humorous stuff," Fogarty stated. "And the factor that I'll at all times bear in mind about Josh is his snort. Infectious. He began to snort, he couldn’t cease. Everyone round him would begin to snort. Simply at all times, at all times a contented form of man.”

Deputy Brian Lazarus of the Sheriff’s K9 unit additionally had a fond remembrance of Josh, remembering him as a “good man,” having labored alongside him at the Ontario County Jail. Lazarus inspected lockers along with his German Shepherd, Dafne, whereas Shaver signed folks in throughout visitation hours.

Shaver’s character and angle in life even carried over to the inmates he was chargeable for whereas working as a corrections officer, co-employees stated.

Deputy Mike Smith, president of the Ontario County Basic Unit’s union, stated former and present inmates “have both volunteered to assist or stated, ‘hey, you already know, sorry on your loss,’ issues like that."

"You already know, we did these Staff Josh bands early on as an preliminary a part of the fundraiser, and the inmates at the correctional facility had been asking if they may purchase them out of their commissary to have the ability to put on,” Smith stated.

Extra guests to the occasion included Chris Katt, a consultant from Rep. Chris Collins’ workplace, and state Sen. Pam Helming, who bought a number of shirts for her workers members to put on to a parade being held in Geneva.

Except for raffles and video games, there was additionally loads of meals and beverage out there for attendees. Nolan’s supplied beer, liquor and wine for adults, with all proceeds going to the Shaver household. Rooster barbecue was additionally out there in addition to choices from a number of meals vehicles, together with Meat the Press, Smokin’ Sizzling Chicks BBQ and Proia Catering and BBQ.

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