Smyrna Police Department is mourning the loss of one of their own. Officer Ray Jones, a 31-year veteran of the department, lost his battle with cancer on Sept. 16.
“Ray was a consummate professional with an unparalleled work ethic,” Smyrna Police Chief Kevin Arnold said. “This is a tremendous loss both personally and professionally. Our department is better because of his service.”
Jones joined the department in 1989, faithfully serving the citizens of Smyrna as an officer, member of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), Field Training Officer, and warrants division. Early in his career, Jones served as a Public Safety Officer, cross trained in law enforcement and the fire service. He battled cancer for more than a decade, but remained committed to the profession and the department he loved.