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Baldwin County deputy drowns trying to save swimmer in distress near Fort Morgan

Deputy William H. (Bill) Smith
Deputy William H. (Bill) Smith(Source: Baldwin County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jun. 6, 2021 at 9:28 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 5:30 PM CDT
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FORT MORGAN, Ala. (WALA) -- A Baldwin County sheriff’s deputy died Sunday night after he went into the water to save a swimmer in distress.

A law enforcement source told FOX10 News two deputies were patrolling the area when they spotted the swimmer in trouble in the Gulf.

Baldwin County Sheriff’s Deputy William H. “Bill” Smith Jr. died in the line of duty while performing a water rescue near the Ft. Morgan peninsula.

Governor Kay Ivey issued this statement: I am directing flags to be flown at half-staff on Saturday, June 12, 2021, as a mark of respect for Baldwin County Sheriff’s Deputy William H. “Bill” Smith Jr. who died in the line of duty while performing a water rescue near the Ft. Morgan peninsula on Sunday, June 6, 2021. Let us remember the life and service of Deputy Smith, who was a 12-year law enforcement veteran. Deputy Smith made the ultimate sacrifice for his fellow man; his selflessness and heroism will not be forgotten. I offer my heartfelt condolences and prayers to his loved ones and the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office. The flags should be flown at half-staff until sunset on the day of his interment on Saturday, June 12, 2021.