Family, Friends, Law Enforcement Say Final Farewell To Longtime Sheriff Captain

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JAMESTOWN — Family, friends and the law enforcement community of a Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Captain who died during a tragic boating incident said their final goodbyes Friday.

Coming from a family of crime fighters, Dave Bentley was known as a “cop’s cop” by many including Sheriff Jim Quattrone, who was among those who eulogized the Captain during a Memorial Service at First Lutheran Church in Jamestown.

An avid horse lover, Bentley’s family, along with the Sheriff’s Office, took a detour from the chapel, giving Bentley one final ride on a horse drawn carriage to Fluvanna Cemetery.

A massive motorcade, with law enforcement officers from across the region, helped guide the longtime lawman to his final resting place.

The Captain’s work for the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office began in 1985, most recently he ran the patrol and special teams divisions.

Bentley was 62.


A broadcast of the full funeral service is posted below:


WNY News Now’s Jackson Hickey, Alyssa Wright and Justin Gould contributed to this report.


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