Just as Deputy Wyman's family mourns his loss, so do his colleagues in law enforcement. Our Sarah Blazonis talked to police departments in Oneida County who know all too well what the sheriff's office is going through.
ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. -- When Deputy Wyman was dispatched to Knoxboro Road Monday night, he was doing the job he promised to uphold almost four years ago when he joined the Oneida County Sheriff's office. It was here he made the sacrifice it seems too many officers in the Mohawk Valley have been asked to make
The law enforcement community in Oneida County is a tight-knit group and officers in several departments are mourning the loss of Deputy Kurt Wyman. Sgt. Steven Hauck of the Utica Police Department taught at the police academy when he was a student.
Wyman was fulfilling that promise. He was a two-time winner of the Grand Cordon Medal and 2010 Rookie of the Year.
Unfortunately, the Mohawk Valley is no stranger to this type of tragedy. In 2006, New Hartford police officer Joseph Corr was shot in the line of duty. Then in 2007, the Utica Police lost one of their own. Officer Thomas Lindsey was also shot in the line of duty. Also, Sheriff's Deputy Michael Burger was shot while pursuing a robbery suspect last spring.
Officials say it's been a lot for the community to handle.
Governor Andrew Cuomo also expressed sympathy for the department's loss, saying "At just 24-years-old, he was a young man who served his country in the Marines and had his entire life ahead of him. My heart goes out to his wife Lauren, who is expecting their second child, and their 18-month-old son."