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Johnson County Holds Memorial For Fallen Officers

JOHNSON COUNTY (KFSM)– May 15th is National Police Memorial Day, and this week is National Law Enforcement Memorial Week. For the Johnson County Sheriff’s...

JOHNSON COUNTY (KFSM)-- May 15th is National Police Memorial Day, and this week is National Law Enforcement Memorial Week.

For the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department this week hits a little too close to home.

“Today is a day that we come together to, for our community and for our officers,” Deputy Kenny Smith said. “It gives us a time of reflection. It gives us a time for closure and for healing.”

May 15th marks one year since reserve deputy, Sonny Smith was killed in the line of duty.

Local law enforcement and dozens of Johnson County residents gathered in front of the court house to hold a memorial to honor Smith and all of the other officers who have lost their lives.

“You know, we don’t know when our time is going to be,” Corporal Jacob Shook said. “You know, our fallen brothers and sisters are being memorialized through this week also, and they didn’t know that their time was up and neither will we.”

Shook worked closely with Sonny, and at the memorial he spoke to the crowd, telling them that heroes don’t always wear capes.

Shook said the men and women he works with every day are the true heroes.

“You know, anybody that puts on a badge and a uniform, whether it be military or anything, you know, we fight the fight that nobody else wants to fight,” Shook said. “There’s evil out there that others pretend doesn’t exist, and we fight that fight for them.”

During difficult times like this, Deputy Kenny Smith said everyone in the department leans on one another.

“We spend life together every single day,” Smith said. “We’re here for one another on duty, off duty. We’re just, it’s a brotherhood. I don’t really know how else to describe that to you other than it’s just an amazing family.”

Sonny’s wife and children traveled to Washington DC and on May 15th they placed his name on the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial.

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