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Connecticut Officer Struck on Traffic Duty 'Loved Being a Cop'

July 07, 2010  | 

Sgt. Orville "Smitty" Smith, of the Shelton (Conn.) Police Department, was a friendly officer who enjoyed assignments that put him in contact with the public, the Connecticut Post reports.

Smith, 64, died today as a result of internal injuries sustained on the Fourth of July. While standing beside his cruiser after conducting traffic at a private fireworks event, Smith was struck by a Nissan Frontier.

The driver of the truck, 63-year-old Bruce Knapik of Bridgeport, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

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