At a morning ceremony today, Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, along with several members of the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, dedicated their Mobile Command Post in memory of Deputy Wayne R. Smoulcey. Deputy Smoulcey passed away at the young age of 38 on May 22, 2019, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Deputy Smoulcey was a member of the Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Division since 2011, first being assigned to the Road Patrol Division and then to the Sheriff’s IT Unit where the last project that he worked on prior to his passing was setting up and maintaining all of the technology and computers inside the new mobile command post. Even on days when his illness was at its worst, Deputy Smoulcey continued to go to work as much as he possibly could in order to finish his work inside the command post. It is because of his commitment and dedication to the Sheriff’s Office and to the mobile command post, it has been renamed the “Deputy Wayne R. Smoulcey Mobile Command Post”
Joining the Sheriff’s Office members at today’s ceremony were several members of Wayne’s family including his wife Dianne, son – Ethan, daughter Emily, Wayne’s father - Tom Sr. & Joan Backman, Wayne’s brother - Tom Jr. & his wife Marybeth, and Wayne’s brother Mike.
Also at the ceremony representing the Willowvale Fire Department were Chief Ron Dittmar, Past Chief Jim Kuhn, and member Tom Smith. 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.