ORISKANY, N.Y. -- It’s been 10 years since Deputy Kurt Wyman was killed in the line of duty, and the community came together in Oriskany to honor him and his sacrifice on Monday.
Wyman was called to a domestic depute in Knoxboro in June of 2011. Following a six-hour standoff, deputies were trying to take Christian Patterson into custody when he fired a shot that fatally hit 24-year-old Wyman.
Wyman’s wife was pregnant at the time, and gave birth to their daughter the day he died. He also left behind a son.
Patterson was sentenced to life in prison.
Oneida County Undersheriff Joseph Lisi says he still tells Wyman’s story to new deputies.
“We try to make the new recruits understand who Officer Wyman was. The newer deputies don’t know him but his story will live on; and that's why we have the remembrances also, so the new deputies can understand what happened and never forget the fact that Deputy Wyman sacrificed himself for the good of the public,” said Lisi.
There is a section of road named Kurt Wyman Memorial Highway from Clinton to Deansboro, and a memorial park bearing his name in Whitesboro.
Monday’s ceremony was held at the Law Enforcement Building on Judd Road in Oriskany.