Deputies honored for work at Augusta standoff
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ORISKANY, N.Y. -- They're awards given to law enforcement officers who demonstrate exceptional bravery, and this year Oneida County DA awards were handed out to those who stood by fallen Deputy Kurt Wyman in his final moments.
Twelve Oneida County Sheriff's deputies received the honor from District Attorney Scott McNamara. Wyman was awarded posthumously, as were eleven others who made up the inner perimeter team of the June 6-7 standoff in the Town of Augusta that resulted in the deputy's death.
Undersheriff Robert Swenszkowski said each of the deputies went above and beyond when dealing with an armed suspect.
"They all are extraordinary people, especially the people not only being there doing their jobs, but dealing with everything, such a great loss after the incident and still being able to come to work and give 110 percent -- and they all have," said Undersheriff Swenszkowski.
The sheriff's department is in the process of conducting an internal investigation into what could have been done differently during the standoff that would have prevented Wyman's death. That could be completed as soon as this summer.