AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - The community of Americus continued to honor two fallen officers Friday morning.
Students with special needs and community members remembered Americus Police Officer Nick Smarr and Georgia Southwestern State University Campus Safety Officer Jody Smith.
"Any time we think about what happened here on December 7th, it's emotional," said Maj. Joseph Monts with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.
To kick off the annual Special Olympics Spring Games in Sumter County, organizers said they made an easy choice: to host a torch run in memory of local Officers Smarr and Smith who were killed in the line of duty back in December.
"The most important thing is to honor these two young men who gave their lives to protect you and I," said Carl Willis, an adaptive physical education teacher in Sumter County Schools.
Three officers ran a relay around the 400 meter track at Americus-Sumter County High School, as participants and volunteers looked on.
The officers passed a torch at each hand-off.
Family members of one of the fallen officers watched on in tears.
"I saw Jody's mom came in, and right before I started running, I looked up and saw her," said Maj. Monts, who ran in the relay. "It was one of those touching situations."
As they ran, a touching song played over the loudspeaker. The singer saying, "we were all meant to fly."
The crowd cheered each time a runner passed.
"Just to see the officers running the track, it brought tears to my eyes," said Sgt. Sharron Johnson, Officer Smith's mother. "When they were running, I knew that what was going through their minds was more than likely Jody and Nick."
Two of the officers who participated in the torch run had children participating in the day's events, as well.
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