UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) – The Oneida County Sheriff’s office held a 100th Anniversary Dedication Ceremony Thursday morning to honor and remember Deputy Sheriff Charles J Kammerlohr who was killed in the line of duty 100 years ago.
A memorial to honor the fallen officer was placed next to his tombstone in section 39 of the Forest Hills cemetery in Utica. The memorial was funded by the Officer Joseph D Corr Foundation, a foundation honoring the life of the late Joe Corr who was an officer for the New Hartford Police Department. Corr’s father Dave was at the ceremony.
He spoke about Kammerlohr, a deputy sheriff for Oneida county in the early 1900’s, saying, “At a time when prohibition was just underway, in the early morning of July 8, 1921, Charlie and several deputies were executing a warrant on a number of bootleggers. As he was jumping on the running board, he was reportedly shot through the heart and died where he fell on the ground in front of 524 Whitesboro street in Utica.
Corr said Kammerlohr was described as an energetic young deputy who had political ambitions.
The ceremony honored Corr’s son Joe and other fallen officers from the county, as well.
“Deputy Kammerlohr was the first Oneida county sheriff to make that ultimate sacrifice, but very sadly he was not the last one,” Corr said.
Utica mayor Robert Palmieri and Oneida county sheriff Robert Maciol were also present and made remarks about Kammerlohr and the sacrifice he and other fallen officers have made. They also addressed the many police officers present and the work they do to keep their communities safe.