Community Remembers The Life Of Leon County Deputy Christopher Smith

Deputy Chris Smith's funeral
Posted at 6:21 PM, Nov 25, 2014
and last updated 2015-01-15 10:35:32-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--The community gathered to remember the life of Leon County Deputy Christopher Smith, who was killed over the weekend during a shooting in the Plantation Woods subdivision.

Loved ones said goodbye to deputy Christopher Smith, a man who's remembered for dedicating his life to serving others. His funeral was held at Bradfordville First Baptist Church.

Law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency workers from most, if not all of Florida's 67 counties, were there as well as agencies from south Georgia to honor deputy Smith.

There were tears and sobs as Dr. David Peacock of Calvary Baptist Church celebrated his life and talked about his bravery.

Florida Governor Rick Scott, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, and Florida Senator Bill Montford were among those who attended.

"It's a sad, sad day for the family and all of the loved ones and my thoughts and prayers are with the family and will continue to be with the family," said Sen. Montford.

He says it should serve as a reminder to thank the people who keep us safe.

"Everyday when they leave their home, they leave their loved ones and we need to remember that," said Sen. Montford. "The law enforcement men and women first responders, they deserve our respect. They deserve our support and they deserve our love quite frankly."

Support runs deep for the family of deputy Smith.

"Their lives will forever be changed but they have the support of a community and we will stand by them, a wonderful group of friends, family and we will continue to keep them in our prayers and be there for them and provide support in years to come," said Nanette Schimpf with the Florida Sheriffs Association. 

Deputy Smith was laid to rest in Monticello where he's from and also where he began his career in law enforcement.