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LCSO remembers deputy killed when ambushed at house fire

Posted at 4:27 PM, Nov 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 17:21:22-05

LEON COUNTY, Fla. — Friday marks five years since a Leon County Sheriff's deputy was killed in the line of duty.

Two deputies were ambushed when they responded to a house fire. They were both shot and one of them died.

It happened in 2014. Deputy Chris Smith worked with LCSO and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office for 25 years.

LCSO is honoring both deputies Friday and they want you to do the same.

"Our biggest thing is remembering Chris. When Chris was here not only did he serve our community, he also served the Jefferson County community and he was a servant," said LCSO Deputy Dave Teems. "Go out and honor Chris by finding a way to serve this holiday season."

In 2018, a 15-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 90 was renamed in his honor.

It spans a portion of both Leon and Jefferson Counties, where he both lived and worked. It's designated as the Deputy Christopher Smith Memorial Highway.