Dedication Ceremony In Clinton To Remember, Honor Fallen Deputy
Clinton, NY (WIBX) - The mild rain didn't take away from a special gathering in Clinton this morning, for the dedication ceremony of The Deputy Kurt Wyman Memorial Highway. Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol says the dedication serves as a reminder of Deputy Wyman's ultimate sacrifice. "This is just another thing that we can do to fulfill our obligation to never forget the sacrifice that Deputy Kurt Wyman made for the people of Oneida County in keeping us safe. Each time we travel on this road, looking up at that sign, that's certainly going to be very honorable and its also going to bring back those memories of Deputy Wyman and the sacrifice that he made," Maciol said.
Remembering the loss of the three officers who died in the line of duty in the last five years, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente says the ceremony helps the healing process. He said, "It's hard for a community so, there's a healing part of it and there's also a remembrance part of it that really needs to be signified because people need to understand what they, [families] go through each and every day. And to name, in this case, a highway that was patrolled by this man in his short life, I think is very significant."
The bill paving the way to rename the stretch of highway between Deansboro and Clinton was sponsored by Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney in the Senate and Senator Joseph Griffo in the Senate. "And, it's actually fairly significant. Lauren Wyman just told me that they actually bought a home up there so, this is a long stretch of highway that's very important to the Wyman's as well so, I'm very honored to do it for Kurt who is just a role model for all of us," Tenney said.
Wyman was a four year veteran with the Oneida County Sheriff's Office at the time of his death. On Monday, September 24, the Sheriff's Department will unveil a plaque in memory of Wyman to rename the Oneida County Law Enforcement Building, the Deputy Kurt B. Wyman Law Enforcement Building.