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Portion Of Highway 90 To Be Renamed After Late Deputy Chris Smith

Courtesy Leon County Sheriff's Office

A nearly 15 mile stretch of Highway 90 will be renamed for a local hero. Late Leon Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Smith will be honored at a ceremony Tuesday, as the portion of the highway will be designated Deputy Christopher Smith Memorial Highway.

Deputy Chris Smith was killed four years ago when he responded to a house fire. Smith, a 20-year veteran law enforcement officer, was ambushed by an assailant and died protecting others from gunfire.

The portion of Highway 90 being named after Smith stretches from Chaires Cross Road in Leon County to State Road 59 in Jefferson County. Tuesday is the anniversary of Smith’s birthday. The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at Hilltop Country Store on Mahan Drive.

Ryan Dailey is a reporter/producer for WFSU/Florida Public Radio. After graduating from Florida State University, Ryan went into print journalism working for the Tallahassee Democrat for five years. At the Democrat, he worked as a copy editor, general assignment and K-12 education reporter.