AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - The legacies of two fallen officers live on in Americus, more than three months after their tragic deaths in the line of duty.
A nonprofit foundation honoring Officers Nick Smarr and Jody Smith is working to continue telling their stories.
"I want them to know that this community sees them," said Tracy Hall, a member of the Smarr and Smith Foundation Advisory Board. "When you hit one of our officers, you've hit all of us and it was hard. It's hard."
For Hall, the December attack on local officers struck a nerve.
"In May of 2015, I was attacked on my front porch. Scariest thing. Scariest thing," Hall recounted emotionally.
She said that the way officers with the Americus Police Department responded that dark night in her time of need completely changed her view of law enforcement.
"I told them, don't worry about me. There are 3 men..gave them a description. They have a gun. And (the officers) went running," Hall said. "Knowing what they were running after into the dark made me have a whole new respect."
The Smarr and Smith Foundation started in January. The goal is to raise money that will go back to Sumter County law enforcement agencies for training, equipment and scholarships.
Hall said she hopes that in 10, 30 and even 50 years, the foundation will help the Americus community know and honor the sacrifices made by Officer Smarr and Officer Smith.
"I think it's important that they know that we're healing right along with them, and part of our healing is supporting them," said Hall.
The foundation is selling window decals, t-shirts, pins and other items to raise money.