Oakboro council mem- bers held a moment of silence at the beginning of the April 15 council meeting in memory of the 17th anniversary of Officer Damon Smith whose end of watch was April 15, 1996.
Smith, 29, was shot in the chest after responding to a domestic disturbance call. A .30-30 hunting rifle was used, which pierced through the protective vets and killed him.
Oakboro Police Department Chief Joe Lowder informed the council of several events coming up to honor police officers. This year, National Police Week is May 12-18.
Council member Chris Huneycutt read the proclamation for National Police Week 2013 stating, “to recognize National Police Week 2013 and to honor the service and sacrifice of those law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty while protecting our communities and safeguarding our democracy.”
Lowder informed the council of the silent auction to be held May 16 supporting the Jeff Shelton Memorial Foundation of Locust. Continue reading