ORISKANY, N.Y. – Oneida County Sheriff’s Office held a ceremony Tuesday morning to dedicate its mobile command post to Deputy Wayne R. Smoulcey, who died from cancer in 2019.
Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol says Smoulcey was determined to finish the command center, and naming it in his honor is a way to show appreciation for his hard work.
“He was assigned to our IT unit…one of their main projects at the time, was to get this new mobile command post into service, with all the computers and the radios; and Wayne made a promise to himself that he was going to get this truck done, and like I said, he came to work on days when he could barely function.”
Several of Smoulcey’s family members attended the ceremony, including his wife, son, daughter, father and brother.
Deputy Smoulcey was a member of the Willowvale Fire Company since 1997 and was serving as the department’s chief at the time of his passing. The current chief, Ron Dittmar and past chief, Jim Kuhn, as well as member Tom Smith were also at the ceremony.
Smoulcey passed away at just 38 years old.