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Deputy Bill Smith died from drowning, not a heart attack, sheriff's office confirms

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The Baldwin County Sheriff's Office has confirmed Deputy William "Bill" Smith died from drowning, not a heart attack.

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Deputy Smith gave his life Sunday to rescue a swimmer in distress near Fort Morgan. Baldwin County Sheriff Huey "Hoss" Mack says Smith was the first person in the water, facing the danger without hesitation.

Smith gave the swimmer a rescue buoy, saving his life, before being overcome by rough waters himself.

Smith's cause of death was not immediately clear because he was found floating on his back. Early reports suggested he died of a heart attack.

A funeral procession is planned for Smith on Saturday, June 12, at the Baldwin County Coliseum. The service will begin with a public gathering at 12:30 p.m. At 2:00 p.m., a funeral service will be held inside the coliseum. Immediately after that, a short service will be held outside with traditional law enforcement funeral rites, such as a 21 gun salute and the playing of Taps. 

Following the outdoor ceremony, there will be a short procession through the town of Robertsdale. The procession will head west from the coliseum to Highway 59, ride north through Robertsdale, and end at Central Baldwin Middle School.

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