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Hero Next Door: Al Smith, Fernandina Beach High School resource officer

10:32 PM, Nov 25, 2013   |    comments
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FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla.  --  Fernandina Beach Police Detective Al Smith has been with the department for 23 years.

During his 23 years, Smith has worked in every division, but two years ago he was assigned to Fernandina Beach High School as the school's resource officer.

For more than two decades, Smith has been stopping criminals but for the last two years, he has been fighting to stop bullies.

Smith says they have a zero tolerance policy at the school and in his first year on the job, he created an anonymous tip hotline that the students can call if they're being bullied.

Smith knows what being bullied is like because he was bullied his freshman year of high school.

Smith said like most students, he was afraid to tell someone because no one wants to be a snitch.

The anonymous hotline allows students to report bullying without having to come to his office at the school.

The students can also text the hotline to report bullying.

Al Smith is our "Hero Next Door."

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