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Democrat media under-report on heroic deed amid claims of racism and calls to defund the police

GULF SHORES, AL - JULY 04: An American flag is stuck in the sand along a beach which was not as busy as last year as people stayed away due to the threat of contamination from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on July 4, 2010 in Gulf Shores,Alabama. The oil spill may have a huge negative economic impact on gulf coast businesses during what should be a busy 4th of July. Millions of gallons of oil have spilled into the Gulf since the April 20 explosion on the drilling platform. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

An American flag is stuck in the sand along a beach in Gulf Shores, Ala. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

An American flag is stuck in the sand along a beach in Gulf Shores, Ala. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 6:00 PM PT – Wednesday, June 9, 2021

An Alabama police officer has died in the line of duty after saving the life of a swimmer off the state’s Gulf Coast. On Sunday, Deputy William Smith and another deputy responded to a call about two distressed swimmers in the Gulf of Mexico.

When the two deputies arrived at the scene, Smith jumped into the water in attempts to save the swimmer. On his way back to shore with the rescued individual, the deputy was overcome by the heavy set of waves and went under water. He was rushed to the emergency room where he was later pronounced dead.

 

Local media has reported the swimmer was black and the deputy who saved him was white, but the story was left under-reported by mainstream media. This comes amid accusations of racism and calls to defund the police by the far-left.

“Bill Smith did what Bill Smith always did. He saw the need to put his life on the line to save somebody else’s,” Sheriff Huey Mack expressed. “That is what he did. He saved a life yesterday.”

Gov. Kay Ivey (R-Ala.)said Deputy Smith died a true American hero and ordered all flags across the state will be flown at half-staff in his honor on Saturday June 12.

Bill smith is survived by his wife and two children.

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