Trumann residents mourning the loss of fallen police officer

By Lauren Payne - bio | email feedback

TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) - You don't have to look far in Trumann to find Jonathan Schmidt being honored in some way.  There are donations being collected for his family and  flowers being placed where he was fatally wounded.

"It's a terrible day," said friend, Debby Mitchell.

Mitchell says she has known Jonathan and his family for years.  She adds Jonathan was made of the right stuff.

"He was commendable, outstanding, a young man that was interested in his community," said Mitchell.

He was a public servant, and proud many say, to wear a Trumann Police Department uniform.

"He wanted to clean up this community.   He wanted it to be as safe for the community as it could be," said Trumann School District Superintendent, Joe Waleszonia.

Schmidt went to school in Trumann.  Waleszonia says Schmidt wanted people to feel safe while he was policing the streets, and Waleszonia says he thinks they did.

"He's  what, I think, most of our communities would want out there protecting them," said Waleszonia.

While he was known to many as an  officer, he was also known as dad.

"...Wanted Trumann to be a safe place to raise his children," said Mitchell.

The loss of Jonathan Schmidt  has shaken this community, but friend Shonda Dobbins says,  they will all stand together in support of family and friends who lost so much.

"We're going to be there for them, we will be," said Dobbins.

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