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Slain officer's mom reacts to Back the Badge license plate

A new specialty license plate will soon benefit families of fallen officers. (Source: WALB) A new specialty license plate will soon benefit families of fallen officers. (Source: WALB)
Aaron Cosby, 'Back the Badge' license plate creator (Source: WALB) Aaron Cosby, 'Back the Badge' license plate creator (Source: WALB)
Jody Smith's mom, Sharon Johnson (Source: WALB) Jody Smith's mom, Sharon Johnson (Source: WALB)
The proceeds from the tag will be directed to the Peace Officers’ Annuity and Benefit Fund. (Source: WALB) The proceeds from the tag will be directed to the Peace Officers’ Annuity and Benefit Fund. (Source: WALB)
AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

It's been three months since the police shooting that rocked Southwest Georgia, when two young Americus police officers were killed.

Now, some good is coming out of that tragedy. 

Earlier this month, we told you about a series of 'Back the Badge' initiatives to increase protections and benefits for officers.

One of the bills will become law if Governor Nathan Deal signs it.

"You got tags for everything from spade and neuter tags," said Aaron Cosby, except one for law enforcement.

Cosby is the man behind the SB 169 'Back the Badge' license plate.

The special plate will be inscribed with ‘Back the Badge' to honor Georgia law enforcement officers.

The proceeds from the tag will be directed to the Peace Officers’ Annuity and Benefit Fund - a state fund that prepares officers for retirement or help loved ones of an officer who lost their lives while on duty.

"He might be a little tired or something and wondering why he's doing this and he looks up and see a license plate," explained Cosby.

Like many, Cosby was devastated by the police shooting that claimed the lives of Americus officer Nick Smarr and Georgia Southwestern State University officer Jody Smith in December.

"I did it all for law enforcement period," remarked Cosby.

He took his idea to Senator Greg Kirk, and he pushed it through the State Senate.

And three months later, it's finally coming to life.

"My daughter actually got to press the button for his vote," said Cosby. 

Now, he's waiting on the final design.

"It will go back to Department of Revenue to be finalized," remarked Cosby as he showed the original design to Jody Smith's mom, Sharon Johnson.

"I would be the first to stand up there and get one of those tags," said Johsnon. 

She was touched by the news

"It will touch they're hearts because it will remind them of those officers that lost their lives," remarked Johnson.

And now she will soon have something to remember him forever. 

Cosby said he received a call Thursday afternoon saying the 'Back the Badge' license plate bill will be signed any day now.

Once that's done, folks can buy it on Department of Revenue Motor Vehicle website.

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