An Eastman ministry and a group of law enforcement officers held their annual back-to-school giveaway for kids in their community on Saturday.

But this year, one officer was not at the event: Tim Smith.

A crowd of parents and children gathered as the "Servants of God" ministry group and Eastman law enforcement officers handed out backpacks, notebooks, and other back to school essentials.

“He was the best friend, partner, and brother that anybody could ask for,” said Cpl. William Rose.

Exactly one year ago, Smith stood in the same gym passing out pens and paper to help kids in the community get ready for school.

“It’s a little different to be here without him,” said Rose.

The next day, Smith was fatally shot while responding to a call.

Rose was his patrol partner for nearly five years.

“Doing stuff that we did together is a way to keep him close to me. Being here today and helping give out school supplies is bringing back a lot of memories. Especially this weekend,” said Rose.

Dianne Minor helped organize the annual giveaway and she said this year it only felt right to make sure the event honored Smith.

“We want to let the family know that we still are going through some things [and] trying to get through what happened, but by the grace of God we are all trying to pull together and make it,” said Minor.

Although Smith couldn’t be at this year’s giveaway, plenty of other officers stepped in.