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Building officially renamed Deputy Kurt B. Wyman Law Enforcement Building
ORISKANY, N.Y. (WKTV) - It has been a year and three months since Oneida County Sheriff's Deputy Kurt Wyman was killed during a standoff in Augusta in June 2011, but he will now be forever remembered at the building he worked out of.
On Monday morning, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente led a ceremony to dedicate the renaming of the Oneida County Law Enforcement Building as the Deputy Kurt B. Wyman Law Enforcement Building.
Besides the new name on the front of the building in Oriskany, a plaque was also unveiled that has Wyman's face on it.
The plaque was unveiled by members of the fallen deputy's family, including his widow Lauren, who was holding their young son. Lauren gave birth to their daughter on the day her husband was killed.
Earlier this year, the Oneida County Board of Legislators approved the dedication and new name, but Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol says that because the plaque, which is so detailed, took so long to make, the formal ceremony wasn't held until Monday.
Picente told the large crowd in attendance on a sunny but cool September day that he hopes everyone that comes to the Sheriff's Department in the future takes a moment to look at the name on the building and the plaque that now lines the entrance.
He added, "and remember a great man. A man who died too young. A man who left a family and friends. To always remember and never forget what he gave us."
Sheriff Maciol says it is something he will definitely think about every time he walks in the building.
"It's very important for me and for all members of the Sheriff's Department, to see Kurt's name and see Kurt's face, knowing that day, that night, when he made the ultimate sacrifice, he was doing it to make this, a better and safer community," Sheriff Maciol said.
Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi was in attendance, along with members of the Oneida County Legislature, as well as representatives from numerous law enforcement agencies thought Oneida County, including Utica Police Chief Mark Williams.
Sheriff Maciol also presented Lauren Wyman with the National Sheriff's Association Purple Heart and Medal of Valor, as well as a proclamation from Governor Andrew Cuomo for Kurt's bravery on that day.