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Gov. Reynolds released the following statement following the death of Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Jim Smith who was killed in the line of duty in Grundy Center on the evening of Friday, April 9, 2021:  

 It’s with deep sorrow that we recognize the loss of Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Jim Smith, a courageous hero who died in the line of duty,” said Gov. Reynolds. “Sgt. Jim Smith was a loving husband, father of two, and a pillar of the community. I along with the entire state of Iowa grieve for his family and friends as they try to cope with this devastating loss. Today we are once again reminded of the selfless sacrifices the brave men and women in uniform make. Let us never forget their bravery and that of their loved ones.” 

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller released the following statement upon the death of Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Jim Smith, who was killed in the line of duty in Grundy Center on Friday:

“I was saddened to learn of the death of Sgt. Jim Smith. He was a dedicated public servant and courageous law enforcement officer. My heart goes out to his family and friends, as well as to his colleagues on the Iowa State Patrol.”

The criminal case will be prosecuted jointly by the Attorney General’s Office and the Grundy County Attorney’s Office.

Gov. Reynolds will order all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on the day of interment in honor and remembrance of this fallen hero. Details will be forthcoming.