Run to Remember fallen officer

Willie Smith (Source: SCMPD)
Willie Smith (Source: SCMPD)

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department officers in training, officers, and volunteers will honor a fellow officer in the Run to Remember on Nov. 3.

Officer Willie Samuel Smith, a 1993 Rookie of the Year, was killed in 1994 when he was run over by a fleeing suspect on Delessups Avenue. He was the latest of 57 officers who were killed in the line of duty in Chatham County, according to SCMPD.

SCMPD recruits will be pinned on in a ceremony on Nov. 4 at the Savannah Civic Center. Savannah businessman Mark Dana will give a keynote address.

The Run to Remember starts at 10 a.m. Nov. 3 at Daffin Park and finishes at Cedar Street and Delesseps Avenue, where Smith was killed March 11, 1994. A memorial service will be held and a wreath will be laid by recruits at the location.

SCMPD Training Director Gary Taylor said the Run To Remember is a newly added tradition for each graduating class to honor officers who have fallen in the line of duty and to reinforce to our new and existing officers how dangerous this profession can be, according to a SCMPD news release.

Those wishing to participate can contact Training Director Gary Taylor at 912.658.6335 or Officer Aaron Washington at 912.667.1830 or show up at the park.

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