CARMEL, N.Y. – Putnam County Sheriff Donald Smith remains hospitalized in Yale-New Haven Hospital’s cardiac intensive care unit Wednesday (July 26) after falling ill during a fundraising event last weekend.

On Saturday, July 22, Smith attended a fundraising event held in Patterson to benefit the family of recently deceased Sheriff's Senior Investigator Mark Gilmore and for Deputy Sheriff Michael Schmidt, who is battling cancer. After making remarks at the event, the sheriff said he was not feeling well and was brought to the emergency room at Putnam Hospital Center. He was admitted to PHC and stayed there overnight.

The next day, PHC doctors referred Smith to Yale-New Haven Hospital and he was transported to that facility by ambulance. He was admitted to the cardiac intensive care that afternoon and he remains in the ICU at this time.

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A statement released by the Sheriff’s Department said Smith has conferred frequently with members of his staff while in the hospital, where he is in “very high spirits.” He expressed gratitude for what he described as "the outstanding, professional and kind care" that he was given by the doctors, nurses and other staff of Putnam Hospital Center and said he's thankful for their referral to Yale-New Haven Hospital, which he called "one of the best hospitals on the planet for the kind of specialized level of care" that he was receiving. 

The sheriff said his doctors expect him to make a full recovery and is looking forward to being back to work in a 100 percent capacity in the near future.

At this time, Sheriff's Department officials have not revealed the specific illness or condition from which the sheriff suffers.