Lance Cpl. Nicholas R. Smarr, a Reserve Marine, was killed in the line of duty when responding to a domestic disturbance call in Americus, Ga. on Dec. 7, 2016, while serving as a police officer for the Americus Police Department.

He died from his wounds while rendering aid to a fellow police officer and Marine reservist, Jody Smith, who had also been shot.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Niles Lee)

Janice Smarr, the mother of Lance Cpl. Nicholas Smarr, accepts the Navy and Marine Corps Medal on behalf of her son at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Ga., Dec. 7, 2018.

The Navy and Marine Corps Medal is the highest non-combat decoration awarded for heroism by the Department of Defense.

(Video directed and edited by Sgt. Andy O. Martinez; Videography by Sgt. Andy O. Martinez and Cpl. Niles Lee)

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