Maurice J. Tuohey, 80, passed away on December 19, 2013 at his home in Sanford, FL. He was born and raised in Medina, NY, the son of Sgt., Carl Tuohey of the Medina Police Dept., from 1933 through 1953. His uncle, Eugene Tuohey of Medina, and Godfather, Maurice (Lank) O'Brien of Medina, both retired from the N.Y.S. Conservation Dept. as Game Wardens.
Maurice retired from the Onondaga County Sheriff's Dept., Syracuse, NY in 1988, as a Sgt. with 26 years of service. He attended St Mary's School where he served as an altar boy and graduated from Medina High School in 1951. During his police career, he attended Syracuse University, Onondaga Community College, Rutgers University and the University of Indiana. He joined Company C of the 174th Inf. NY National Guard in Medina at the age of 16, and upon graduation from high school transferred to the active US Navy where he became an aircraft mechanic, as well as a flight engineer, and plane Captain from 1951-1954. He was stationed at N.A.A.S. in Sanford, FL with photographic Squadron 62 and did overseas duty from there. He returned to Medina and rejoined Company C and was eventually discharged as a Sgt. from the Army Reserve after completing 10 years of service. He joined the N.Y.S. Guard, 3rd Reg. Jefferson Street Armory in Syracuse and rose to the rank of Lt./Col. in the Internal Security Battalion, before retiring in 1986.
Maurice lived in Cicero with his family while with the Sheriffs Dept. and was a member of the Cicero Volunteer Fire Dept. and was an originating member of the North Syrac050use based N.A.V.A.C Ambulance Corps. He was also an avid drag racer, and an originating member of the Empire State Timing Association. He was also a member of the Medina Fire Dept. in the 1950's. While in Cicero, he was associated with Little League, Boy Scouts Troop 117, and Pop Warner football. He was a life-member of the VFW and American Legions in Medina. He was also a life-member of the D.A.V. in Sanford, FL.