Updated, Monday evening--
The memorial service for Oneida County Deputy Kurt Wyman was opened by his mother, and closed by his father--with friends, colleagues and fellow law enforcers sharing stories, tears and tributes.
It began with Wyman's mother Lynnette sighing audibly at seeing the packed auditorium--it had taken over a half hour for the groups of law enforcers to file in after her son's flag draped casket was brought in, just before 11am. She opened the two hour long tribute with a flute solo---followed by a moving remembrance by Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, who remembered the fallen deputy as a person who led his life and lost his life in dedication to leaving the world better than he found it.Wyman's flag-draped casket was set just below the stage, flanked by flowers, his dress military hat and a pictures Wyman in deputy and US Marine uniforms. An Oneida County Deputy and a Marine stood on either side---each relieved several times through the service with a change of guard ceremony that included exchanges of salutes.
Sgt. Major Dennis Yager, who commanded Wyman when his reserve unit was activated for Iraq in 2008, remembered him as a person with caring and compassion, two traits that serva a person well in life and in law enforcement.
There were musical tributes, including from the fallen deputy's uncle, Doug Boersma, who was also the best man at his wedding. There was also a montage of pictures of Kurt Wyman's life, set to music--which brought tears and sad looks from many of the law enforcers.
And the last to speak, Wyman's father Brian--who remembered his son as a 'good boy' and says he will miss the phone calls after each work shift, telling the day's events. He finished with "Deputy Kurt Brian Wyman.---end of watch, June 7, 2011. Brothers, you take it from here. Be safe."
Hundreds of law enforcement officers packed into Utica Memorial Auditorium Monday to honor the life of an Oneida County Sheriff's deputy killed in the line of duty.
24-year-old Kurt Wyman was shot and killed Tuesday by a gunman during a standoff at a rural home last week.
Wyman's family, including his wife Lauren, sat in the front row, near his flag-draped coffin flanked by an Oneida County Sheriff's deputy and a U.S. Marine.
Wyman's badge and car number were retired after his death. There will be no graveside services.
An autopsy found Wyman died from a single gunshot wound to his neck. Investigators say Wyman was wearing his body armor, but the deadly shot pierced through his skin above the protected area.
Authorities say Wyman went to the home on 41-year-old Chris Patterson Tuesday on Knoxboro Road in the Town of Augusta. They say Patterson threatened to kill his girlfriend and harm himself. Following a several-hour long standoff, investigators tried taking Patterson into custody. That's when they say Patterson fired several shots, killing Deputy Wyman.
Patterson was shot by police and taken to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Utica where he underwent emergency surgery, was on a ventilator and in a medically-induced coma.
The district attorney says he'll pursue aggravated murder charges against Patterson.
As the criminal case against Patterson continues, the community continues to mourn the loss of a promising young deputy. Wyman's wife reportedly went into labor upon hearing the news of the shooting. She later gave birth to a healthy baby girl .
The Oneida County Police Benevolent Association is collecting donations for Deputy Wyman's family. You can send your checks to:
OCPBAP.O. Box 376Westmoreland, NY 13490