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Counseling still available for Americus officers after two men died in the line of duty

Jody Smith (left) and Nick Smarr (Source: Facebook) Jody Smith (left) and Nick Smarr (Source: Facebook)
The police department still has counseling available on an as-needed basis. (Source: WALB) The police department still has counseling available on an as-needed basis. (Source: WALB)
"That event is something that's still very painful for the community and painful for the department," said Americus Police Chief Mark Scott. (Source: WALB) "That event is something that's still very painful for the community and painful for the department," said Americus Police Chief Mark Scott. (Source: WALB)
AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

"That event is something that's still very painful for the community and painful for the department," said Americus Police Chief Mark Scott.

The community continues recovering after two officers died in the line of duty nearly four months ago.

Americus Police Officer Nick Smarr and Georgia Southwestern State University Campus Safety Officer Jody Smith were shot and killed on December 7, 2016 while responding to a domestic call.

Chief Scott said the department has continued working with Officer Smarr's family and fellow officers to cope with what happened.

For Smarr's brothers in blue, mandated counseling has wrapped up.

However, the police department still has counseling available on an as-needed basis.

Chief Scott said his officers and Smarr's family will get through this together, but the support has been incredible.

"To see people come out and openly support us...we have people that will make a point to come up to the officers and thank them, tell them they're doing a good job," said Chief Scott. "That means a lot to them."

Chief Scott also mentioned how much it means that Americus still has blue and black ribbons and "back the blue" signs placed across the city.

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