LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - A Leon County highway is now officially renamed in honor of a fallen deputy.
Deputy Christopher Smith was killed in the line of duty nearly four years ago.
He was responding to reports of a house fire on November 22nd 2014, when he was ambushed.
Today, the 15-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 90 from Chaires Cross Road in Leon County to State Road 59 in Jefferson County is now called the "Deputy Christopher Smith Memorial Highway."
"Not only was it important for the family, but it was important for this community and the state of Florida," said Bill Montford, a state senator. "If you look through out the state, you will see these type of commemorative signs through out this state they are reserved for truly outstanding Floridians. Chris Smith was a truly an outstanding Floridian."
Smith worked as a deputy in both Leon and Jefferson counties during his career. Today would have been his 51st birthday.