Yesterday, the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office recognized the retirement of Sgt. David Tobias, who hangs up the hat after more than 20 years served to better focus on his health.
In a post on Facebook yesterday, Sheriff Mark Helms said: “We know the road ahead is difficult, but no matter what may lie ahead, we will be with you by your side, always.”
Tobias is battling ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, a progressive condition affecting nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that ultimately causes loss of muscle control.
The sheriff’s office held a special BBQ benefit earlier this month and another is planned for this Saturday at the Cincinnatus Fairgrounds. (click here for more)
Tobias has also served as a member of both Cincinnatus and Cortlandville fire departments.
Filling his vacancy as a new sergeant is Christopher Estep, who was promoted from his previous rank as a five-year road patrol officer.
Previously, Sgt. Estep worked in the Corrections Division.
He’s now assigned as a supervisor in the uniformed division of the Sheriff’s Office.