Memorial wall honors two fallen Americus officers, leads Christmas parade
AMERICUS, Ga. —
Best friends Nick Smarr and Jody Smith continue to be honored one year after being killed in the line of duty.
Their names were added to the Georgia Law Enforcement Memorial Wall, and it was brought to Americus on Monday.
The wall has 708 names for all of the officers killed while serving in Georgia.
Smith's family says the love and support for Smith and Smarr is incredible, but having their names on the wall is painful.
“Jody’s name means the world,” Sharon Johnson, Jody Smith’s mom, said. “Just seeing it, I see Jody. I'd rather not have his name on the wall. I'd rather have him here with us."
The memorial wall led the Christmas parade in Americus.
Thousands of people, who live in Americus, and even people from around Southwest Georgia stood to watch the floats go by.
This Christmas parade has become a tradition for the community and they look forward to it every year.
"I love to see my city come together,” Arshanay Didle, resident, said. “Everybody's smiling and laughing. It's awesome, you can feel it. I love it."
There were more than 70 different organizations or businesses that participated making it the largest parade to date in town.