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Oneida County Law Enforcement Coalition presents awards

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The people who put their lives on the line every day to protect the public got the honor they deserve Tuesday morning, as the Oneida County Law Enforcement Coalition presented Valor Awards to a New York State Trooper and a fallen Oneida County Sheriff's Deputy.

New York State Trooper Shane Treen received one of the Valor Awards, while the other award was posthumously presented to Oneida County Sheriff's Deputy Kurt Wyman.

"Anytime there is use of physical force, above and beyond, in the case of Deputy Wyman, when someone gives their life in the line of duty, you cannot give enough for what they do," said Purse McBride, Professor at Utica College.

The ceremony at Utica College was held on the same day as a statewide ceremony in Albany to honor fallen officers.

The Utica Ceremony opened with the Oneida County Sheriff's Office Color Guard, a reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance led by Captain Edward Stevens of the Rome Police Department, and had guest speakers such as Whitestown Police Chief Donald Wolanin and Raymond Philo, Executive Director of the Economic Crime Institute at Utica College.

A roll call read by Oneida County Sheriff's Captain Richard Antanavige, listed deceased law enforcement in Oneida County.

Taps were played before the closing procession by David Dudajek.

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