COLUMBUS (WCMH) – People from all around the city, state and country are pausing a moment to remember Officer Steven Smith.
David Hauck, from Grandview Heights showed up at the Columbus Police Memorial near COSI at 5:30am Wednesday to place flowers at the foot of the memorial.
“That man paid the ultimate price. Could have retired, still worked for the Columbus Police Department. I’m very grateful. I wouldn’t ask anyone to pay that price,” said Hauck.
Colleagues and friends are remembering him with a heavy heart.
“He would take the shirt off his back for anybody in the unit, for anybody that he knew that he could help out even outside the unit,” said Officer Kevin Wheeler.
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Officer Wheeler’s close friendship with Officer Smith began nearly 20 years ago at the aviation unit of the Columbus Police Department.
He says they spent a lot of time together, inside the small area of these helicopters while on patrol flights.
“Steve was always just a go-getter, always willing to do the job…wanted to get the job done no matter what it took,” says Officer Wheeler.
He says Officer Smith was someone you always wanted by your side on the job and through life.
“He would be there for you when you were away from your job and you needed help,” says Officer Wheeler.
The community where the shooting took place is also beginning the healing process. Nancy’s Home Cooking, housed in the building next to where the standoff took place, opened for business Wednesday morning for the first time since the standoff.
The restaurant is raising money to help those who lost everything when their apartments burned to the ground Sunday morning during the standoff.
Police departments and regular people from around the state and country took to Twitter to express their condolences to Officer Smith’s family.