WHITESTOWN — Nearly 70 members of the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office were honored this morning for their past and present service in the United States armed forces.
Sheriff Robert M. Maciol hosted a ceremony at the Law Enforcement Building this morning to hand out newly created pins to honor the veterans in his department ahead of Veteran’s Day. Maciol said the pins are a new item created by the New York State Sheriff’s Association, of which he is currently serving as president.
“We want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for serving our country,” Maciol told the veterans.
“We’re certainly honored to have you in our family here at the Sheriff’s Office.”
The veterans in the Sheriff’s Office serve across all the divisions, including law enforcement, corrections and the civil branch.
Maciol noted that, while he himself was not a veteran, his father served in the U.S. Marines.
“He taught my sisters and I the strong value of honoring our veterans,” Maciol stated this morning.
Among those honored today was Deputy Sahid Karcic, a two-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office who is also currently serving with the Army National Guard out of Utica.
“Honestly, it’s truly an honor,,” Karcic said of the award. He noted that a lot of military training “transfers over” to a career law enforcement.
“You learn how to interact with people, you learn people skills. You want to get out there and talk to people. It’s a big part of law enforcement.”
As a Bosnian immigrant, he said he is proud to now serve his country, his state and his local government.
Veteran’s Day will be celebrated nation-wide on Monday.