Sergeant Kerry Joseph Winters, Sr.

Sergeant Kerry Joseph Winters, Sr.

Ulster County Sheriff's Office, New York

End of Watch Thursday, September 22, 2016

Kerry Joseph Winters, Sr.

Sergeant Kerry Winters drowned while conducting a training dive with the Ulster County Sheriff's Office's In-Water Rescue Team in Ashokan Reservoir at approximately 12:30 pm.

He became separated from his two dive partners during the dive. He was found unresponsive a short time later and brought to the surface where other deputies performed CPR and utilized an AED. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Sergeant Winters had served with the Ulster County Sheriff's Office for 31 years and was assigned to the Corrections Division. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 31 years
  • Badge 450

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

dive training

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Public Safety diving requires a great deal of training and dedication, it is difficult and dangerous work. I’ve had the privilege of working closely with men and women who are Public Safety Divers. During the 2017 Police Unity Tour, I rode in honor of Sgt. Kerry Joseph Winters Sr., Ulster County Sheriff's Office, New York. Sgt. Winters was a member of the Sheriff’s dive team and died during a training dive on Thursday, September 22, 2016. In a few days we will be laying to rest another public safety diver, Officer Craig Lehner, of the Buffalo New York Police Department. Officer Lehner lost his life on October 13, 2017, under similar circumstances. God bless these Officers and their families. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

"Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
John 15:13

Chief Paul Philipps
Parsippany Police Department

October 19, 2017

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