Oneida County Sheriff's Deputy Kurt Wyman was shot and killed during a standoff one year ago this week. The death has had a profound impact on the community and sheriff's office, and as our Andrew Sorensen tells us, plans are in the works to honor the fallen deputy on the anniversary of his death.
ORISKANY, N.Y. -- On June 7th last year, Oneida County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a call at the home of Christian Patterson in Knoxboro. After a lengthy standoff, Patterson shot and killed Deputy Kurt Wyman, 24.
"Obviously it's a very devastating thing to happen, to have happen to any agency, and as many people know, Deputy Wyman was a very well respected member of the Sheriff's Office, a decorated member of the Sheriff's Office, just a good person," Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol recalled.
The office will remember Wyman with a special ceremony Thursday, but that's not to say they had forgotten in the year that has passed. Sheriff Maciol still works with Deputy Wyman's portrait behind his desk as a sign of the pain he, and members of his office, carry daily.
"They deal with the grieving process, the loss of their friend, and at the same time, they're able to do their job each and every day," he said.
Some members feel they received some closure after Patterson was sentenced to life without parole in April.
"But still, Deputy Wyman isn't here anymore," Sheriff Maciol rebutted.
Sheriff's Deputies now carry Wyman as a permanent part of their uniform with his initials resting above their badges.
The feelings of loss from Deputy Wyman's death extend far beyond the Sheriff's office.
"Previously the Oneida County Board of Legislators voted to rename this building from it's current law enforcement building name to the Deputy Kurt B. Wyman law enforcement building," Maciol explained.
"The fact that we can place a name on a building or on a highway is significant because it really marks the impact that one individual can have on the community," Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente said.
No amount of memorials or buildings could replace the fallen deputy, but the Sheriff's office will hold on to what they have, for now.
Thursday's memorial service will be held at 8 a.m. at the Deputy Kurt B. Wyman Law Enforcement Building on Judd Road in Oriskany. The Oneida County Sheriff's Office will hold another ceremony in a few weeks to unveil new lettering and special plaques for the building memorializing Deputy Wyman.