JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Ten years ago, Trumann Police Officer Jonathan Schmidt was gunned down during a traffic stop.
On Saturday, several people hit the gym at Griffin Training Center in Jonesboro to raise weights and money to honor his life and the family he left behind.
Schmidt, who served four years on the force, was shot April 12, 2011, and died the following day. He left behind a wife and three children.
His widow, Andrea Schmidt, says it’s important to never forget the men and women in blue who risk their lives daily.
“It’s always good to know they’re still remembered,” she said. “We know they’re never forgotten, but to have them honored years down the line is very humbling, and our family is very grateful that his memory lives on.”
Andrea adds that beautiful things can come from a tragedy.
She says that though she still feels the pain of losing her husband every day, she is overwhelmed with gratitude because of the love and support the community has shown her.
All of the proceeds from the event will go toward the ARC3RF fund, a foundation that supports families of Arkansas officers injured or killed in the line of duty.