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Family of fallen Sgt. Jim Smith honored with Purple Heart Award

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Sgt. Jim Smith

Sgt. Jim Smith

(KWWL) -- The family of fallen Iowa State Patrol Sergeant Jim Smith was honored with the Purple Heart Award Tuesday night.

In a ceremony to remember the Sergeant, his wife and children received the award in his honor. 

ISP Commissioner Stephan Bayens was at the ceremony and the Iowa State Patrol shared photos of the event on Twitter. 

Sergeant Smith was shot and killed in the line of duty on April 9, 2021 during a standoff in Grundy Center. Michael Lang has been charged with First Degree Murder for his death.

A funeral was held on April 16 that you can watch here. Since his death, there has been an outpouring of respect, support, and commemoration from law enforcement across the state.