Friday's Heroes - Remembering the fallen officers

 

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Officer Nicholas Ryan Smarr, 25

Americas Georgia Police Department

December 7, 2016 – Officer Nicholas Ryan Smarr responded to a domestic call where he and Officer Jody Smith of Georgia Southwestern University Police Department were shot as they approached. Officer Smarr died at the scene. Officer Smith was flown to a hospital in Macon, Ga., where he died the following day.

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Officer Jody Smith, 26

Georgia Southwestern State University

December 7, 2016 – Officer Jody Smith responded, as backup, to a domestic call where he and Officer Nicholas Smarr, of the Americus Police Department, were shot. Officer Smith was flown to a hospital in Macon, Ga., where he died the next day, December 8, 2016. Officer Smarr died at the scene.

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Deputy Sheriff Ryan Thomas, 30

Valencia County New Mexico

December 6, 2016 – Deputy Ryan Thomas was killed in a vehicle crash while responding to a call. He is survived by his wife and child.

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Trooper Frankie Williams, 31

New Jersey State Police

December 5, 2016 – Trooper Frankie Williams was killed when, while responding to a call, a car traveling in the opposite direction crossed the centerline and struck his patrol car head-on.

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Overall officer line of duty deaths are up 15%. Deaths by gunfire are up 72%.