By Kyle Presley, Managing Editor
The Murray County Sheriff’s Office is grieving the loss of one of their own.
According to a statement from Sheriff Gary Langford and Chief Deputy Jimmy Davenport posted to social media, Detention Officer Michaela Smith has passed away.
“It comes with great loss and sadness that our agency has to announce we have lost one of our own. Deputy Jailer Michaela Elizabeth Smith #97 has earned her angel wings. Please keep the family, friends and the Murray County Sheriff’s Office in your prayers,” the statement on Facebook read.
Smith had been hospitalized after a training event involving the use of pepper spray several days earlier, according to reports. Details about the cause of death were not available at press time.
Davenport said that Smith was a “rising star” for the MCSO and that grief counselors had been called in for mourning MCSO staff.
“She was a servant to the citizens of Murray County, and loved her job,” said Davenport.
According to Davenport, Smith had been on the job for roughly six months and had received praise from her supervisors.
Local law enforcement and Georgia State Patrol escorted the remains from the GBI in Atlanta Saturday to Ponders Funeral Home in Dalton, Ga. According to her obituary released by Ponders Funeral Home, Smith passed away Wednesday, July 3 at Erlanger Medical Center. She was 26 years old.
A service to celebrate the life of Ms. Michaela Elizabeth Smith will be held Wednesday, July 10 at 11:00 A.M. at the Eleventh Avenue Baptist Church in Dalton, Ga. Pastor Stephen Hare and Dr. Danny Cochran will officiate.