Paulding Says Goodbye to Fallen Service Member

The Pauld­ing High School gym­na­sium was packed on Sat­ur­day as the com­mu­nity came together to remem­ber one of their own. 26-year-old Petty Offi­cer Sec­ond Class Ran­dall Smith was one of the five ser­vice mem­bers who died fol­low­ing the July 16 shoot­ing at a mil­i­tary recruit­ing cen­ter in Chat­tanooga, Ten­nessee. Reports of the inci­dent call Smith a hero, say­ing his actions gave oth­ers time to seek cover from the gun­fire. Smith was sup­posed to be off that day but showed up any­way. The cer­e­mony included a motor­cy­cle memo­r­ial ride through town and a pre­sen­ta­tion of the colors.

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