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.