Dedication of the Patrolman David ‘DW’ Smith Memorial Highway in Johnson City 

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Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo & Senator Fred Akshar join local officials to dedicate the Patrolman David ‘DW’ Smith Memorial Highway in Johnson City

On Tuesday, Senator Fred Akshar, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, Johnson City police chaplain Father Dennis Ruda, and representatives of the NYS Department of Transportation (DOT) joined local officials, family and community members to dedicate a portion of New York Route 17C the Patrolman David ‘DW’ Smith Memorial Highway in the Village of Johnson City.

Police Officer David ‘DW’ Smith served with the Johnson City Police Department for 18 1/2 years. He was treasurer of the JC Police Association and was awarded a Certificate of Exceptional Valor in 2002. In 2014, Officer Smith was fatally shot after responding to a disturbance call at a business in Johnson City. He is survived by his wife Christian, his son Andrew and his parents, David and Phyllis Smith Sr.

In honor of his service and sacrifice, the Village of Johnson City Board supported renaming a portion of 17C the “Patrolman David ‘DW’ Smith Memorial Highway.” Senator Akshar and Assemblywoman Lupardo introduced legislation to enact the renaming and Governor Hochul signed the bill in June.

Senator Fred Akshar said, “I’m honored to stand here today with DW’s family, friends and colleagues and pay tribute to his bravery and sacrifice. This tragedy was deeply felt by local law enforcement and everyone in our close-knit community. Eight years later, we still grieve his loss and remember his life. I hope this will help keep DW’s memory alive, comfort his loved ones and serve as a stark reminder for the very real sacrifices our men and women in law enforcement make every day.”
Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo said, “I am honored to be here as we dedicate this section of roadway in Patrolman Smith’s memory. This sign will serve as a reminder to everyone of how much we value his service to our community and how his sacrifice will never be forgotten. While the pain of his loss is still with us eight years later, today’s ceremony is an opportunity to recognize the life of a true public servant. I’d also like to acknowledge and thank everyone in the law enforcement community for the sacrifices they make on a daily basis to keep everyone safe.”

State Department of Transportation Regional Director Thomas Wiser said, “We at the DOT are grateful for the hard work, dedication and sacrifices made by the brave women and men in law-enforcement and their families. We are all part of one family committed to public safety. It is only fitting that this section of roadway in the community where Patrolman David W. Smith, Jr. reported for duty every day, is now named in his honor. DW’s ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten, and we are forever grateful.”