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Candle Light Vigil For Fallen Officer David Smith

Following Monday's tragedy of a Johnson City police officer being shot and killed in the line of duty, friends, family, and the community are coming together in support of one another. Hundreds of people gathered in front of the Johnson City police department Tuesday evening for a candle light vigil in honor of fallen officer David Smith.

"The last 36 hours have been some of the hardest we have ever faced as a family. Yesterday's events shook us to our very core, and left a void that cannot be filled," said Mike Hatch, Vice President of the Johnson City police association.
 
More than 500 people filled the street in front of the Johnson City Police Department Tuesday night in memory of fallen officer David Smith.

"It is times like this, that we are at our weakest. But because of you, we've never been stronger as a family," said Hatch.
 
The Johnson City Police Department is such a tight knit group that they do in fact consider themselves family. Village officials say the outpour of community support is more than they could have asked for.
 
"It really means a lot that they came out in force like this at such a terrible time," said Johnson City Mayor Greg Deemie.
 
Those attending the vigil say they were shocked that this happened so close to home.
 
"I couldn't believe it. I got the details and it's just unbelievable," said William Camay of Johnson City.

"When there's people running away from trouble, you'll find a police officer running toward it," said Jeff Huddle of Ithaca, NY who wen tto the police academy with Smith.
 
Although there were many tears, many remembered Officer Smith with a smile on his face...
 
"He was very personable, he always had a smile on his face," said Mayor Deemie.

"From what I understand, he was outstanding," said Camay.

"Just so friendly. I'm going to miss him a great deal and I know everyone down here is as well. He was really really a nice man," said Huddle.
 
And tearful reading of the poem "The Final Inspection" captured Officer Smith's final  call to duty flawlessly...

"Step forward now officer, you have born your burden well. come walk with me in heaven's streets. you've done your time in hell," read Hatch.

Johnson City police officers are describing the incident as their worst nightmare's become a reality.

All of us here at Fox 40 send our thoughts out to the Smith family in this tragic and difficult time.

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