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Family, friends, colleagues bid farewell to local deputy who died of COVID-19

McLennan County sheriff’s Deputy Chris “Koogle” Smith, 59, died on Sept. 21, less than a week after contracting the virus.
McLennan County sheriff’s Deputy Chris “Koogle” Smith, 59, died on Sept. 21, less than a week after contracting the virus.(McLennan County Sheriff's Office photo)
Published: Sep. 28, 2020 at 11:15 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 28, 2020 at 6:58 PM CDT
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) - Family friends and colleagues bid farewell Monday to McLennan County sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Alan “Koogle” Smith who died on Sept. 21 after contracting COVID-19 while on duty.

Smith was 59.

Smith, a 27-year veteran of the Waco Police Department, joined the sheriff’s office two years ago and was assigned to guard the county tax office at the time of his death.

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A service was held at 10 a.m. Monday at First Woodway Baptist Church.

Burial follows at Chapel Hill Memorial Park.

A helicopter hovered overhead late Monday morning as a lengthy procession of law enforcement vehicles left the church.

Smith is survived by his wife and daughter.

The 100 Club Heart of Texas is accepting donations for his family.

Contributions may be made online.

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