Burial: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Smyrna, Delaware
Fire Company: Delaware City
On December 20, 2008, Michelle was struck by a hit-and-run vehicle while rendering aid to a victim of a motor vehicle accident on southbound DuPont Highway in the area of the New Castle County Airport. She succumbed to her injuries two days later in Christiana Hospital surrounded by her loved ones. Michelle is the only LODD within the Delaware City Fire Company since its inception in 1887. Her death helped lead to changes that further protect first responders in Delaware. House Bill 204‚ enacted by the Delaware House of Representatives 145th General Assembly‚ was named Michelle Smith’s Law. This bill amended Delaware State Code to help ensure that any person who recklessly kills one of Delaware’s first responders is eligible to be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Michelle was 29 at the time of her death.
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