SMITHVILLE, Mo. — A slain Independence Police officer will be honored Friday night.
Blaize Madrid-Evans will be inducted into the Smithville School District’s Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame. The ceremony will take place at halftime of the college basketball game.
The 22-year-old was shot and killed while responding to a call on September 15. He died just two months after graduating from the police academy.
He grew up in upstate Kansas City and graduated from Smithville High School in 2018. In high school, Madrid-Evans was an active member in outreach and service projects. After high school, he joined American Medical Response where he worked as an emergency responder for two years.
Madrid-Evans was an organ donor and donated a kidney to a fellow Springfield officer who was crippled in the line of duty.
The Smithville Education Foundation says Madrid-Evans exemplifies the Wall of Fame program. It recognizes and honors district graduates who inspire future generations.
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