NEW HARTFORD — Willowvale Fire Chief and Sheriff’s Deputy Wayne Smoulcey, 38, passed away on Wednesday, May 22 at his home following a long battle with cancer, according to department officials.
Smoulcey is survived by his wife and their one child, with a second child on the way. Smoulcey has served with the Willowvale Fire Company for more than 20 years, and has worked in law enforcement for 16 years. He worked for the Kirkland Police Department before joining the Sheriff’s Office in September 2011.
“He was a great guy,” said Sheriff Robert M. Maciol. The sheriff said Smoulcey started with the Road Patrol, and “truly excelled” with the agency’s IT department.
“His pride and joy was all the work he did on our mobile command post,” Maciol said. “He was a really strong individual All the fight that he had with cancer, he came to work as much as he could. Amazing, the amount of strength he possessed.”
Calling hours for Smoulcey were held May 28 at Our Lady of Lourdes church in Utica. Members with the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, Willowvale Fire Department and several other agencies were also there. His funeral was May 29 at the church.