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Smyrna Police officer dies from cancer

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Posted at 10:16 PM, Sep 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-18 23:18:54-04

SMYRNA, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Smyrna Police Department is mourning the loss of one of their own - 31-year veteran, Officer Ray Jones.

Officer Jones died from cancer on Sept. 16. Department officials said he battled cancer for more than a decade, but remained committed to the profession and the department he loved.

“Ray was a consummate professional with an unparalleled work ethic,” shared Smyrna Police Chief Kevin Arnold. “This is a tremendous loss both personally and professionally. Our department is better because of his service.”

Department officials said Jones joined the department in 1989. He was a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), Field Training Officer, and warrants division. Early in his career, Ray served as a Public Safety Officer, cross-trained in law enforcement and the fire service.