Columbus police ceremony remembers fallen officers

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — “Those who wear the badge have to place the welfare and security of others before their own.”

Those were the words Columbus Police Sgt. Joe Podolski, just more than a year after losing his friend and fellow officer Steven Smith in the line of duty.

“It just ripped our hearts out,” Podolski recalls of the tragedy.

Thursday was a night to remember all who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty of the CPD.

“It’s important than we live our lives in memory of them,” says Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs.

Although the annual event was held for CPD officers, Kirkersville Police Chief Eric DeSario, who was murdered along with two others last week, was remembered by his Columbus colleagues.

“Senseless,” Chief Jacobs calls the tragedy. “That family of young children is never going to have their dad around to see them grow up and it’s very unfortunate.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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