CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (KSDK) - A local law enforcement officer with more than three decades experience in the region passed away Wednesday evening.
Officer Joseph Smith of the Chesterfield Police Department died as a result of a heart attack shortly after completing his shift at approximately 10:05 p.m., according to Captain Steven Lewis, a police spokesman.
Smith, 50, was in his 31st year in law enforcement, his last 17 coming with the Chesterfield department. He also served with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the St. Louis County Police Drug Unit. He's a past recipient of the Crusade Against Crime Medal of Valor for saving a person's life in 1994, as well as the United States Attorney's Office Distinguished Service Award for his work in narcotics interdiction.
Officer Joseph Smith is survived by his wife, their one daughter and two sons.
Funeral arrangements are still pending.