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Smith gets Law Day award

Jeffrey T. Smith, director of the Montgomery County emergency management department, holds the Liberty Bell Award he received from the Montgomery County Bar Association. He is shown with Carol Dillon Pollard, president of the bar association, and Guy P. Tomlinson, Montgomery County surrogate judge, at a recent Law Day ceremony. (Photo submitted)

FONDA — Jeffrey T. Smith, director of the Montgomery County emergency management department, received the Liberty Bell Award from the Montgomery County Bar Association at a recent Law Day ceremony at the Winner’s Circle, a news release said.

The Liberty Bell Award is given to an individual to acknowledge his or her outstanding community service that promotes a better understanding of the rule of law, encourages a greater respect for law and the courts, stimulates a sense of civic responsibility, and contributes to good government in the community.

Smith has served the county as a deputy sheriff, undersheriff, volunteer firefighter and currently as director of emergency management.

Through his public service, he has demonstrated all of the criteria for the award, according to the news release.

Law Day was instituted by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on May 1, 1958, as a day for Americans to remember with pride, and to vigilantly guard, the heritage of liberty, justice and equality under law that the nation’s forefathers gave them, the release said.

In the 1960s, many bar associations began to present the Liberty Bell Award at their annual Law Day celebrations.

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