AMERICUS, Ga. – Georgia Southwestern State University released a statement on GSWU Public Safety Officer Jody Smith Thursday afternoon.
The statement reads:
“Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the family of fallen Americus Police Officer Nicholas Smarr and his good friend and Georgia Southwestern Public Safety Officer Jody Smith, who remains in critical condition,” said Georgia Southwestern State University Interim President Charles Patterson. “Officer Smith showed extreme bravery in the line of duty as he responded to a call for backup.”
Jody Smith is a dedicated law enforcement officer who came to the Georgia Southwestern University Police Department in August 2016.
Prior to joining the University force, Smith worked as a deputy sheriff with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office in addition to serving as a part-time officer with the Plains Police Department.
Smith was enthusiastic about joining the Georgia Southwestern State University Public Safety Department, as it offered him an opportunity to pursue a college degree and work in law enforcement.
Smith is a 2009 graduate of Americus-Sumter County High School, and he graduated from the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Tifton, Ga. in 2012. He is known by his friendly personality and his love for the Atlanta Braves.