Hive named in honor of Queen Bee’s guard

ORISKANY — To honor the memory of fallen Oneida County Sheriff’s Deputy Kurt B. Wyman, his name will be adorned on the Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Building, Route 12B, a new soccer field on Judd Road and now a beehive.

The Cornell Cooperative Extension on Second Street will be renaming their honeybee hive in memory of the fallen officer at a ceremony on Tuesday morning. Wyman played a vital role in creating the indoor hive, which houses upwards of 15,000 bees and produces 70 to 80 pounds of honey each year. On June 7, 2010 — exactly one year before he was shot and killed in the line of duty — Wyman provided a police escort for the Queen Bee as she arrived at her new hive. Wyman safely delivered the Queen with the help of 60 students from Kernan Elementary School in Utica.

"This working hive offers local children the opportunity to learn more about honeybees and ecological systems," said Ron Bunce, spokesman for the Cornell Cooperative Extension.

"Dedicating the hive to Kurt will serve as a constant reminder of his remarkable life as thousands of students come to the Extension to experience this interactive educational program.

Those same Kernan students, as well as County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr., the Central New York Beekeepers, and the Sheriff’s Office, will be on hand for the 10 a.m. dedication.