Upstate New York, 57, judge suffers fatal heart attack on the bench Daily Mail Online


Upstate New York, 57, judge suffers fatal heart attack on the bench Daily Mail Online Published: 20:25 BST, 15 June 2019 | Updated: 21:05 BST, 15 June 2019 An eminent New York judge died after he suffered a heart attack on the bench, officials said.  Putnam County Court Judge James Reitz, 57, fell ill in court on June 14 while he was handling a family law court matter.  Court officers were unable to revive him after performing CPR and using a defibrillator in an attempt to resuscitate him.  Court system spokesman Lucian Calfen told Associated Press that Reitz died shortly after arriving at the hospital. Putnam County Court Judge James Reitz, 57, pictured , suffered a heart attack in court and died while he was handling a family law court matter It was unclear Friday whether the judge had health issues in recent years.  reported that a Legal Aid attorney and a lawyer for  children were in the courtroom when it occurred.  Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell said that Reitz had carried out one case and then asked a court officer for help, according to what she heard about what happened.  He said, “John, I think I need you to help me,” Odell told the New York Law Journal.  Reitz, a resident of Mahopac, had been a county judge since 2007 and was also an acting justice with the state Supreme Court. He previously worked as a lawyer in private practice.  State Senator Terrence Murphy called Reitz the ultimate public servant in a Facebook post and praised his drug court program. On he wrote: Putnam County lost a giant today. In my life I have met few people of greater character, loyalty and dedication than Judge James Reitz.  His Drug Court Program, which will be his legacy as a public servant, should be a model for New York State.  Reitz, a resident of Mahopac, pictured right , had been a county judge since 2007 and was also an acting justice with the state Supreme Court Police and law enforcement officials paid tribute to him and praised a drug court program which he implemented My heart goes out to all who had the privilege of knowing him, and of course, his incredible wife Barbara. Rest easy my friend.   Reitz was subsequently elected as the Putnam County Court Judge in 2007 and was re elected in 2016.  He graduated from Mercy College in 1986 and earned his law degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1989, thereported.  Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell said that Reitz had completed one case and then asked a court officer for help, according to what she heard about what happened. He is pictured in court during a previous hearing  Putnam County Sheriff Robert L. Langley, Jr. also paid tribute to the deceased judge. He said: Judge Reitz was a man who changed peoples lives through his passion for the drug court in which he always had the support and active participation of members from the Putnam County Sheriffs Office.  We could go on endlessly on Judge Reitzs accomplishments and passion for serving his community not only as Judge but as a friend to many. He claimed his passing was a tremendous loss for the community and he will be missed by many.  He added: On a personal note I am proud to say Judge Reitz was more than a Judge to me, he was a friend who I respected and admired.  Rest in peace Jim. Your passing will be felt by many. May his memory be a blessing. People who came before him in the courtroom paid tribute to him on Twitter, claiming he was always fair and good.   The comments below have not been moderated. By posting your comment you agree to our . Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline? Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual. Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline? Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. Well ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook. You can choose on each post whether you would like it to be posted to Facebook. Your details from Facebook will be used to provide you with tailored content, marketing and ads in line with our . Published by Associated Newspapers Ltd Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday Metro Media Group

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