MEMORANDUM: Service Arrangements for Bob McMahon


FROM:                       MaryEllen Odell
TO:                              All Putnam County Employees
RE:                              Service Arrangements for Bob McMahon
DATE:                        October 15, 2013

It is with deep regret that Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announces the passing of former Commissioner Robert McMahon. Bob, a Lake Carmel resident, passed away on Saturday, October 12. He was 67.

“Bob McMahon was a true gentleman. He was far more than just a colleague, he was my dear friend. It was an honor for me to have known Bob and to work with him. I will miss him greatly as I know many people in the region will,” said Odell. “I’m sure everyone in Putnam offers their condolences to Donna and the family. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with them during this most difficult and sorrowful time.” 

Bob was a retired Lieutenant who served 28 years with the FDNY. Prior to that, Bob served in the U.S. Navy, was a Commander in the Naval Reserve, an officer in the Kent Police Department, and a State Corrections Officer. In addition, Bob was a registered nurse, a former chief and life member of the Lake Carmel Fire Department, a NYS and FEMA certified training instructor and a member of the Board of Directors for Putnam Hospital Center.

Bob served as Deputy Fire Coordinator from July 1990 to January 1997 when he was appointed Fire Coordinator. He served in that position through December 1999 and in January 2000, he was appointed as Commissioner of Emergency Services. He held that position until he retired in August of 2012. Under Bob’s leadership, the emergency services in Putnam were greatly enhanced, evolving into today’s state-of-the-art Bureau of Emergency Services.

Last February, the County’s 911 Communications Center was renamed The Robert McMahon Emergency 911 Communications Center in his honor.

Bob is survived by his wife, Donna, their three sons, Robert, Brian (Kelly) and Brendan and their four grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Timothy, Meaghan and Brendan.

Calling hours will be held today Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Putnam County Emergency Services Training and Operations Building – TOPS, on the Donald B. Smith Sr. Government Center, 110 Old Route 6, Carmel, NY 10512. 

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at the St. James the Apostle Church, Gleneida Ave, Carmel, NY 10512. Internment will follow at the Raymond Hill Cemetery on Route 52 in Carmel.

Following the internment there will be a gathering at the Lake Carmel Fire House, Route 52 Carmel NY. All are welcome.

Donations in Bob’s name may be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Ave., New York, NY 10065.

Putnam’s Bob McMahon remembered as Emergency Services Pioneer