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Message from Sheriff Jim Hammond RE: Passing of Chip Smith


The Hamilton County Sheriffs Office would like to offer our condolences to the Red Bank Police Department as they morn the loss of one of their own, Officer James “Chip” Smith.

Officer Smith was also a former Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy.

Sheriff Jim Hammond offered the following statement:

“We are saddened by the loss of a fellow officer in such tragic circumstances. Our hearts go out to Chief Seymour and our brothers in blue at the Red Bank Police Department during this very difficult time. Chip has served his community for many years as both a volunteer fireman and law enforcement officer. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.”

Sheriff Jim Hammond and Chief Deputy Austin Garrett have offered any resources and personnel necessary from our agency to help our colleagues in the Red Bank Police Department during this difficult time.

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