Family of slain officer lends support to DiSario family

Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Disario
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Across the nation, families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty participated in National Police Week to honor the memory of their loved one.

The family of Columbus Police SWAT officer Steven Smith, who was shot and killed during a SWAT mission in 2016, traveled to Washington D.C. Friday for a national ceremony honoring Smith.

It was during that ceremony they learned of the tragedy in Kirkersville.

"We had just landed in DC and I had received a text. And, you know, right away I prayed for the family in hopes they get through this. And I know they will but it's going to be a long ways," said Lisa Smith.

Officer Smith's son, Jesse, who is following in his father's footsteps and training at the Columbus Police Academy, said Kirkersville Police Chief Steven DiSario was shot and killed not far from his family's home.

"That's only a couple miles from our house. When it's in your own backyard I think it cuts you a little bit deeper," Jesse Smith said.

The Smith family said they intend to pay their respects at Chief DiSario's visiting hours. Lisa Smith said she has no doubt the DiSario family will be surrounded by love and support.

She recalled the thousands of strangers who lined the streets to pay their respects when her husband's procession slowly made it's way through the city of Columbus.

"I'm so glad that Columbus was our city because I've definitely felt the love and support continuously. My heart goes out to the Kirkersville family, and I'm sure they're going to feel it, too."

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