Wake For Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Captain Happening Today

JAMESTOWN – The wake for a Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Captain who died in a tragic boating incident on Chautauqua Lake last weekend is happening Thursday.

Friends, family and law enforcement from across the region are invited to Lind Funeral Home on West Third Street in Jamestown on Thursday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. to remember the life of Captain David Bentley ahead of a funeral service on Friday.

Over the weekend, the 62-year-old died after falling into Chautauqua Lake, while boating near Martha’s Vineyard in the Town of Ellery.

A neighbor and nearby vacationers attempted to save Bentley’s life using CPR, but were unsuccessful.

Bentley’s work for the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office began in 1985, and most recently was overseeing the patrol and special teams divisions. For many years, he headed the drug task force and served as a firearms instructor, teaching numerous topics at the Sheriff’s Academy.

The Captain was known as a “cop’s cop” and was committed to the job, community, and his family.

Furthermore, Bentley comes from a family of law enforcement, and that legacy continues with the officers he trained, as well as with his son, who works as an Assistant District Attorney.

A funeral featuring full police honors will take place at First Lutheran Church on Friday at 11 a.m.

A Graveside ceremony will then follow at Fluvanna Cemetery ahead of a reception at the Fluvanna Fire Department.


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