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Flags lowered to honor police officer who worked in Perham, New York Mills and Wadena

Smith died on Wednesday, Dec. 15 of an illness obtained from line of duty service. Smith dedicated 14 years to law enforcement.

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Gov. Tim Walz has ordered all United States and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state buildings in Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset, today, Tuesday, December 21, 2021, in honor and remembrance of Officer Ronald Smith.

“Officer Smith was a police officer who was respected by his family, friends, and colleagues, making a lasting impression on his community,” reads the proclamation issued by Governor Walz. “With its deepest gratitude, the State of Minnesota recognizes Officer Smith for his dedicated service to, and sacrifice for, his fellow Minnesotans, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and entire community.”

Smith died on Wednesday, Dec. 15 of an illness obtained from line of duty service. Smith dedicated 14 years to law enforcement, serving with the Perham, New York Mills, and Wadena police departments and the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office.

Smith is survived by his wife Janet; his children, Dustin Smith (Jasmine), A.J. Lester (Jonny) and Carly Smith (Andrew); grandchildren Carlyle, Ryker, Maggie, Hudson, and Holly; his parents Hal and Jerri; sister, Rhonda Hash (Dean); mother-in-law Jane Callis; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

At the direction of the governor, Minnesota flies its flags at half-staff following the death of Minnesota first responders fallen in the line of duty. Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are also encouraged to join in lowering their flags.

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