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Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Grimes

Victim Identified As John Smirk, Owned Local B&B

Victim Identified

As John Smirk,

Owned Local B&B

Officer Cavalieri, Deputy Grimes

Injured Trying To Rescue Driver

Traces of blood from officers who broke the window on John Smirk’s vehicle, try to saves the man, were still visible on the dock by the Fair Street boat launch this morning. (Ian Austin/

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Deputy Grimes
Officer Cavalieri

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.

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