SEARCY, Ark. — A Central Arkansas community is mourning the death of a beloved deputy and school resource officer. White County Deputy Lynn Smith, 30, passed away Sunday night from complications due to a surgical procedure.
Inside Michele Emery’s shop, the staff is busy working on custom prints. “We do club jerseys,” says Emery.
This business is just blocks away from where students and faculty are mourning the death of SRO and White County Deputy Lynn Smith–who died Sunday night. “My first reaction was, “Oh my God,” that’s tragic,” says Emery.
Michele Emery is no stranger to working with students at Riverview High School. “I was a substitute at the local high schools for about a year and a half,” says Emery.
She says the news of his death, from complications after a surgical procedure, is hitting this tight-knit community hard.
“I just talked with a faculty member from Riverview and he says everything is just very solemn, very quiet,” says Emery. “I’ve been saying a prayer for his family, it’s a tough loss for the community,” says Brandon Mcinturff.
A spokesperson with the White County Sheriff’s Office says Smith worked with the Searcy Police Department in 2009 before becoming a deputy at the White County Sheriff’s Office in 2013. The same year he also started working as a school resource officer at Riverview High School. “All of our resource officers are very connected to the schools, they eat lunch with them, they help them out of their cars in the morning,” says Emery.
The White County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement on their Facebook page saying, “Rest easy my brother, we love you and you will never be forgotten.”
They’re now hoping they can stitch this community back together after tragedy.
“Law enforcement has big part in everyone’s life here,” says Emery.
Funeral arrangements for Deputy Lynn Smith will be held on Friday, April 6th at Powell Funeral Home in Searcy from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Memorial service will be held Saturday, April 7 at 2 p.m. at Riverview High School.