Back the Blue: Community recalls fallen deputy in fun fashion

Family, friends and the larger community gathered Saturday at the Granger Homestead to remember fallen Ontario County Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua P. Shaver in a way he’d most appreciate — by having fun.

The gathering, called Team Josh: Back the Blue Event, offered plenty of activities and fun for people of all ages. The free event ran from noon to 9:30 p.m., organized by members of the Ontario County Sheriff’s Road Patrol and General Unit and the Canandaigua YMCA.

There were a number of games for children to play, including a kid-friendly version of archery, face-painting and henna tattoos, as well as an inflatable Gaga Pit, designed to play a safer version of dodge ball. A K9 demonstration was also done at 2 p.m., showing the apprehension of a suspect.

Adults also had plenty of attractions at the event, with the YMCA holding a raffle, with numerous prizes being offered by the community. The prizes all came from local organizations and members of the community, including a rifle and a custom-built poker table from Chris Biear, a friend of Shaver’s.

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