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Date set for GSW public safety building to be renamed in honor of fallen Americus officers

Jody Smith (L) and Nicholas Smarr (R). (Source: WTVM File) Jody Smith (L) and Nicholas Smarr (R). (Source: WTVM File)
(Source: WTVM File) (Source: WTVM File)

AMERICUS, GA (WTVM) – A dedication ceremony has been announced to rename Georgia Southwestern State University’s public safety building in memory of two fallen police officers.

On Thursday, April 27 at 11 a.m., GSW’s public safety building will be renamed “Nicholas Smarr and Jody Smith Memorial Building”.

Smarr, an Americus police officer, and Smith, a GSW police officer, lost their lives in the line of duty in early December 2016.

Officers Smarr and Smith were high school classmates, roommates after high school, and they graduated together from the Police Academy at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

The Nicholas Smarr and Jody Smith Memorial Building was previously home to the GSW Health Clinic and was named for Herschel A. Smith, M.D. Dr. Smith was GSW’s first campus physician and was instrumental in establishing the University’s nursing program.

At the February 2017 University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents meeting, approval was also given to transfer the Smith name to the current home of the Health Clinic within the Rosalynn Carter Health and Human Sciences Complex.

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