Johnson City Police Department, community remembers fallen officer five years later


Johnson City Police Department, community remembers fallen officer five years later

JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Sunday marked five years since Johnson City patrolman David W. Smith was killed in the line of duty and both law enforcement and the community used the day as a chance to honor his legacy.

Every year on March 31st, the Johnson City Police Department parks Smith’s old patrol car in front of Southern Tier Imaging on Harrison St., where he was tragically gunned down.

His fellow brothers-in-arms remember Smith as someone who never failed to make you smile.

“He was the ultimate jokester, he was definitely the department funny guy,” said Johnson City Police Chief Brent Dodge. “Just an opportunity for all of us to reflect on what he meant to us and we try to share some of the good, positive memories that we had and just honor him.”

Dodge said Smith’s death has continued to serve as a stark reminder to his entire department about the dangers all of the officers face on a daily basis.

While the day is tough for his fellow officers every year, they say it brings them all closer together.

“It’s a bit of a sad time, but on the other hand it’s nice to come together with people we don’t get to see all the time and just share some solidarity and honor his memory,” Dodge said.

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Johnson City Police Department, community remembers fallen officer five years later

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