SARANAC LAKE – The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee chose Jimmy Law as its 2016 Grand Marshal for the Gala Parade on February 13. Jimmy Law was born and raised in Saranac Lake and graduated from Saranac Lake High School in 1985. He is married to Robin Hogan and they reside in nearby Rainbow Lake.
He is a two time combat veteran serving from 1990 – 1992 with the United States Navy in combat operations in the Northern Persian Gulf in support of Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Jimmy's second tour was from 2003 – 2005 serving with the United States Army combat operations in Iraq, in support of operation Iraqi Freedom, embedded with the 1st Infantry Division.
Jimmy served as a cryptologist for the United States Navy from 1986 – 1997 and with the New York State National Guard from 1999 – 2003. Jimmy also served as a police officer in Saranac Lake from 1997 to 2014, receiving a promotion to Sergeant in 2008.
During his career as a police officer, Jimmy served as the D.A.R.E. officer for the Saranac Lake Central School District where he was instrumental in getting the D.A.R.E. program implemented in kindergarten through high school classes. He also served as the school resource officer in the Saranac Lake Central School District.
Jimmy is currently working toward his third career as a funeral director and is enrolled full-time in the Mortuary Science program at Hudson Valley Community College. He was also named to the President's List at North Country Community College as part of his Mortuary Science studies. He is employed and mentored by Brendon Keough of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home of Saranac Lake.
Jimmy is a member of the combined Parish Council of the Catholic Churches of the Mountains and Lakes and is also currently serving as a New York State Basic Emergency Medical Technician with the Saranac Lake Volunteer Rescue Squad. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, camping, and downhill and cross country skiing. He is also an aspiring "46er." Jimmy has given so much to our community and we are glad to have him serve as our 2016 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Grand Marshal.
The public is invited to meet Jimmy Law at the Grand Marshal Reception on February 9 at 5:00 p.m. held at the Red Fox Restaurant located at 5034 Route 3 in Saranac Lake. The Grand Marshal Reception is a free event. Snacks will be served and a cash bar will be available. The reception is followed by the Winter Carnival Royalty Dinner at 6:00 p.m. which is by reservation only and requires a meal choice, the cost is $32. For more information about the event and to RSVP, please contact Milt Adams at 518-891-4367 by January 31.