ISP Sergeant Jim Smith funeral arrangements announced

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Funeral arrangements have been announced for Iowa State Patrol Sergeant Jim Smith, a 27-year veteran of the agency who was shot and killed Friday, April 9 while attempting to arrest a man barricaded in Grundy Center.

The firearm fatality shocked Iowans statewide and caused deep grief in the ranks of the Iowa State Patrol over the loss of their colleague and friend. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on the day of Smith’s  interment in honor and remembrance of this fallen hero.

Visitation: Thursday, April 15 from 3-8 p.m. at the Reiff Family Center-Funeral Home and Crematory, 216 Third Ave. S.E., Independence, Iowa 50644.

Service: Friday, April 16 at 10 a.m. at the Independence Community High School, 700 20th Ave. S.W., Independence, Iowa 50644.

Please note that facemasks will be required for all attendees at the visitation and funeral service.

An official Iowa State Patrol Sergeant Jim Smith Memorial Fund, approved by the family, has been established at BankIowa in Independence. Interested persons can mail or drop off contributions to the Iowa State Patrol Sergeant Jim Smith Memorial Fund at the BankIowa branch located at 305 Enterprise Drive, Independence, IA 50644, or at any BankIowa branch located in Independence. The family intends to establish a memorial scholarship in remembrance of Sergeant Jim Smith.

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