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Memorial Planned to Honor Slain Officer

The Johnson City Police Association is working to raise money to help support Officer Smith's family and to build a memorial for him.
The Johnson City Police Association is working to raise money to help support Officer Smith's family and to build a memorial for him.

Smith was killed near Wilson Hospital on March 31st of this year while responding to a call.

There is talk about building a memorial park in Smith's honor, although that is just in the beginning stages. Other things may be done to honor the fallen officer.

Either way, it will require money, so fundraising efforts are needed.

"We're just trying to do what's right for DW Smith and his family. We've formed several different committees, a committee to support the family and a committee to support the memorial fund, so we do have several committees. The volunteers are just overflowing with help from the community, the police officers wives, the girlfriends, all the families. They're getting involved as much as they possibly can," said Johnson City Police Lieutenant Michael Hatch.

There is a variety of sports memorabilia that will be auctioned off along with Yankees tickets that are valued at more than $600.

Tables with information about the raffles and a silent auction will be held at Police Week demonstrations at the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City this Friday and Saturday and at Gander Mountain on Saturday morning.

There will be a law enforcement basketball tournament at Saint Patrick's Church gym at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Saint Patrick's is on Leroy St. in Binghamton.

Funds raised will go towards the support of Smith's family and future memorial.
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