Updated 09/19/2012 05:49 PM
Highway dedicated to Deputy Wyman
A stretch of road fallen Oneida County Sheriff's Deputy Kurt Wyman regularly patrolled until his death last year now stands in his honor. Our Andrew Sorensen tells us the special meaning the Deputy Kurt Wyman Memorial Highway will carry for those he left behind.
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CLINTON, N.Y. -- Oneida County Sheriff's Deputy Kurt Wyman is described by family, friends and local delegates as a committed officer, father, husband and Marine.
"He was a fine Marine, certainly a fine Deputy Sheriff, who love his job, loved his family, loved his country," said Sheriff Rob Maciol.
"He's been a role model for all of us as person who dedicated his life to service," Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney said.
In a small way, that commitment was returned Wednesday. The stretch of 12B between Kirkland and Marshall, a route Wyman regularly patrolled, was renamed in his honor.
"Again, it just shows the commitment of the people of Oneida County to fulfill our obligation to ensure that Deputy Wyman is never forgotten," said Maciol.
Deputy Wyman was shot and killed during a standoff in the Hamlet of Knoxboro last June. This is the latest reminder of his sacrifice the community has given as a tribute to his memory.
"I think it will bring me a sense of pride. It's nice to see that the community appreciates him and remembers him," Lauren Wyman, Deputy Wyman's widow, said.
The Sheriff's office already dedicated their headquarters to Wyman earlier this year and they still wear his initials above their badges, but the road is far more significant to his family as the place he and his wife bought their first house.
"We could see Route 12 from our kitchen window. I very frequently would see his car go by. He'd call me and say, 'wave,' and so it means more than I think people will understand," she said.
Officials also chose 12B for the exposure they could bring to Wyman's name.
"This is a very heavily traveled road, a road that he lived on, a road that his family travels on on a regular basis. So it's very fitting," said Maciol.
So the next time you travel 12B, think of Kurt Wyman, the Sheriff's Deputy, the Marine, the family man.