Family of fallen Columbus PD SWAT officer speaks publicly for first time since shooting

WSYX | Lu Ann Stolia

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Fallen Columbus SWAT officer Steve Smith is being honored for his bravery and courage, in part for saving lives as a police officer, and also as an organ donor.

Organ donors, transplant survivors, and their families gathered in Cleveland to kick off the 2016 Transplant Games of America.

There are 21 medal-contending sports competitions from badminton to volleyball. The bi-annual games are open to donors and recipients of organ, bone marrow, and tissue transplants. About 6,100 people will be traveling to the Buckeye State from 50 states and several countries. There are about 200 athletes from Ohio at the games, including a number from the Columbus area.

Columbus SWAT officers were welcomed and honored at the ceremonies this weekend. Two of the Columbus officers dressed in camouflage repelled off the ceiling of Public Auditorium and surprised an appreciative audience. Smith's son Jesse was honored with lighting the ceremonial torch to begin the games. Continue reading

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