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Deputy Chris Smith remembered for his ultimate sacrifice

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Posted at 4:16 AM, Nov 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-22 04:43:27-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Leon County Sheriff's Office Deputy Chris Lynd Smith, shot to death in an ambush on Nov. 22, 2014, was remembered by law enforcement on Thursday.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office noted that Smith began his career there and worked there for 20 years before transferring to the Leon County Sheriff's Office, where he worked for five years.

"Jefferson 8 - you are missed but will never be forgotten!" said the JCSO Facebook post.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office noted Smith across the top of its Facebook page

The City of Tallahassee Fire Department noted on Facebook that "4 years ago today ... an unimaginable tragedy happened. We are thinking about our brothers and sisters with the Leon County Sheriff's Office today as we remember the ultimate sacrifice that Deputy Chris Smith made."

Smith was among the first to arrive at Caracus Court about 10:22 a.m. and was immediately shot and killed by a man who had approached him from behind.

The attacker took Smith's firearm and fired at other responders, including people from the Tallahassee Fire Department and the Tallahassee Police Department.

Another sheriff's deputy was shot and wounded before an off-duty Tallahassee police officer who lived nearby shot and killed the attacker.

Previously a dispatcher and corrections officer, Smith served with LCSO for almost six years.

He is survived by his wife and children.