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Memorial site for Sergeant Jim Smith set up in Oelwein

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Sgt. Smith Memorial
Photo Credit: Iowa State Patrol

Oelwein, Iowa (KWWL) -- A memorial site for fallen Iowa State Patrol Sergeant Jim Smith has been set up outside of the Oelwein District 10 office.

People are welcome to bring flowers, cards, or other items to the display, which includes Sergeant Smith's patrol car decorated in a wreath.

Any items that are left at the display will be given to the family.

Sergeant Smith was killed during an armed standoff in Grundy Center on Friday. On Sunday, his body was escorted back to Independence, where he resided. Emergency personnel and community members lined the streets to pay respect for the fallen Sergeant.

KWWL's Alaina Kwan reached out to District 10's Public Information Officer, John Stickney, about the tribute. The department is not giving interviews, as they grieve but, provided a statement saying in part:

"All of us in Post 10 are grieving at this time. Jim was our friend our supervisor and most of all, the most important, Jim was a believer in Jesus Christ. Jim prayed before every meal when we stopped for break. Every moment of him was centered around Christ. Jim Smith was patient, kind, he was never resentful, he never rejoiced in the wrongdoing but rejoiced in the truth. Jim Smith believed that we all have a purpose in life guided by our Creator. That each moment we touch someone was for a purpose not by chance not by luck but buy a purpose. Jim’s legacy will leave a mark on all of us by the way he believed in humanity. Jim Smith’s legacy will continue on through his children because he raised them in a Christlike way. We should live our life like Jim Smith because his Standards were set by God.

John Stickney, ISP District 10 PIO

The department's plan is to keep his car out for the public to decorate until his funeral service, later this week.

For more information on funeral arrangements, click HERE.

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