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Posted on: January 24, 2019

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Jackson, Wyo. On Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Jackson Mayor, Pete Muldoon, presented the

Medal of Merit to Officer Phillip Smith. The Medal of Merit is one of the highest

commendations bestowed upon a Jackson Police Officer by the Chief of Police and is awarded

when an act of outstanding performance or service requiring extreme tenacity of purpose and

devotion to duty occurs.


In 2017 Jackson Police Officers responded to a medical assist call, which resulted in a heroin

overdose and death. While on the scene, Officer Smith recognized persons that were known to be

involved in the use and distribution of controlled substances. He spearheaded an extensive

investigation taking over ten months and gathered sufficient evidence to identify a suspect who

had delivered the controlled substance which resulted in the Wyoming Department of Criminal

Investigations issuing a warrant for negligent homicide and the suspect being arrested,

effectively removing a suspected narcotic dealer from our community.


“In the history of the Jackson Police Department this is only about the tenth time that we’ve

awarded this medal someone,” said Police Chief Todd Smith. “Phil lost his home this year in the

Roosevelt Fire and he has endured much personal strife, but he came to work everyday and got

the work done and is very deserving of this award.”


Officer Phillips is a graduate of Ohio University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree

in History. He took the Oath of Office with the Jackson Police Department on July 31, 2014.

Since that time, Officer Phillips has earned the recognition of “Jackson Police Employee of the

Quarter” and was awarded the title “Police Employee of the Year” in 2018 by his peers.

The Town of Jackson would like to acknowledge and commend Officer Phillip Smith for his

significant contributions in keeping our community safe and for being awarded the Jackson

Police Department Medal of Merit.

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