Wearing pins to remember fallen JCPD officer

By Jillian Marshall

April 17, 2014 Updated Apr 17, 2014 at 10:14 PM EST

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Johnson City Police Department is still mourning the loss of Patrol Officer David Smith, now they are wearing something close to their heart's to remember him.

JCPD is donning pins in honor of D.W. Smith.

Officers said the pin commemorates the sacrifice Officer Smith gave when he died in the line of duty on March 31, 2014.

"We think about the sacrifice he made and his dedication to the community and that he'll never be forgotten," said JCPD Sgt. Edward O'Hara, who is also member-at-large for the Police Association.

A Utah company sent the police department pins after Smith's death. They have been in such high demand, the department ordered 1,000 to sell to the community.

"The outpouring support that we've had from the community, we felt this was a way for the community to honor the sacrifice Officer Smith made," said Lt. Michael Hatch, who is also the Vice President for the Police Association.

The pin is a picture of a Johnson City Police badge with a mourning band across it. It also has two blue roses and Officer Smith's name and his End of Watch, or EOW., date.

Johnson City Police Officers said the pin is a constant reminder of their fallen brother.

"I think it's important to honor the sacrifice Officer Smith made for his community," Hatch said. "And the pin states EOW, which is End of Watch, and March 31, 2014 was Officer Smith's end of watch, it's important to commemorate that."

The Johnson City Police Association is selling the pins for $3. They can be purchased at JCPD from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The pins went on sale Thursday afternoon.

The money raised will go into a fund to help with a memorial for Smith and other projects the department is working on in his honor.