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Last Words Slain Dallas Officer Said To Daughter

| by Sean Kelly
Sgt. Michael SmithSgt. Michael Smith

The young daughter of one of the five officers killed in Dallas at a Black Lives Matter protest on July 7 revealed the last words her father said before going to work.

Sgt. Michael Smith’s daughter, 9-year-old Caroline, told CBS News what her father said to her just before leaving for work.

"He was leaving to go to work, and I was leaving to go to a movie, and he said to me, 'What if this is the last time you ever kiss me or hug me?'" she said, adding that this was not something her dad would normally say. Even his hug felt different than usual, she said.

"It just felt different to me," she told the network. "I thought something bad was gonna happen."

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Smith, a 55-year-old veteran officer who was once the recipient of the Police Association’s Cop’s Cop award, was also an Army Ranger veteran.

"As you may have heard by now officer Mike Smith, husband of fourth grade teacher Heidi Smith and father of Victoria (Class of 2016) and Caroline (incoming 4th grade) was shot and killed last night in Dallas while on duty,” Mary Immaculate Catholic Church pastor Michael Forge wrote of Smith’s passing.

“I'm asking all of us to pull together in prayer and support for the Smith family, as well as the other officers' families who were killed along with Mike."

Smith was an Army Ranger before he joined the Dallas Police in 1989.

“He's just a really nice guy," family friend Vanessa Smith told the Associated Press. "He loved his wife, loved his daughters. He spent time with his family. The whole situation is really sad."

The other four officers have also been mourned by family and friends publicly since the devastating shooting. The father of 32-year-old Patrick Zamarripa praised his son in an interview, Independent Journal Review reported.

“He was very giving," Rick Zamarripa told CNN. "He would give you his last dollar if he had it in his pocket and you needed it. He would bend over backward to help anybody out. He was very patient and he would try to help anybody out the best he could.". 

Sources: Independent Journal Review, CBS News, AP via Army Times / Photo Credit: Blue Alert/Twitter

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