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Hundreds Remember Fallen Johnson City Officer D.W. Smith

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Hundreds of supporters are celebrating the life of a Johnson City police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty last year.

The Johnson City Police Association held a remembrance walk Sunday morning for fallen Officer D.W. Smith.

Several Johnson City streets were closed to traffic Sunday morning as hundreds of friends, family and supporters of Officer D.W. Smith walked in his honor.

Officer Smith died on March 31st of last year after being shot while responding to a disturbance call on Harrison Street.

Sunday, community members walked and ran a 5K beginning outside the Johnson City police station.

The Chief of Police spoke before the walk, the Memorial Pipe Band also played. Supporters say Smith will be missed and are glad to take some time to commemorate his life.

"It just shows me how much the people really appreciate what the police department do for them and that D.W. gave up his life for the community and the people and that they are showing the support for his actions," said Johnson City Mayor Greg Deemie.

"I think he would be touched and honored to see how many people came out to support him today and to remember him and to honor his sacrifice," said Johnson City Police Chief Brent Dodge.

After the race the Johnson City Police Association continued celebrations of Smith's life at CFJ Park with food, K-9 demonstrations and other festivities open for the community.