Officer Cavalieri, Deputy Grimes
Injured Trying To Rescue Driver
By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – The former owner of the Cooperstown B&B, John Smirk, 75, was identified as the man who drowned in Otsego Lake last night after his vehicle ran off the dock at the bottom of Fair Street at 8:30 p.m., Cooperstown police said.
Two officers injured trying to rescue the driver were identified as Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Grimes and Village Police Office Vincent Cavalieri. They were treated at Bassett Hospital and released, as was an unidentified medic.
Smirk and his wife Linda, who passed away in 2016, operated the Cooperstown B&B at 80 Chestnut St. for decades.