DEERFIELD, N.Y. -- The community came together to help raise money for volunteer firefighter, and Oneida County Sheriff Deputy Wayne Smoulcey – suffering from stage four metastatic melanoma.
There was a benefit at the Deerfield Firehouse to help Smoulcey and his family pay for medical bills.
Several law enforcement and fire agencies throughout the area came out to support Smoucley.
Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol says Smoulcey deserves this because he has done so much for the community.
"To see this community come together, and in this area it’s no surprise because we live in such a wonderful community. We have had more than 1,000 people come through this door today. Wayne has given his entire life both through the service of the law enforcement community and to the fire service. Day and night this is a guy who is answering the call serving his community giving back to his community,” said Maciol.
Tables were filled with just over a hundred 50/50 raffle items. Organizers want to thank the community for all their support.
Organizers say about 2,400 tickets were sold, and about 1,600 attended the benefit, which greatly exceeded their expectations.