The FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division held an award ceremony on Tuesday.
It presented the 2013 FBI Director's Community Leadership Award to the late Fred Smart who died from brain cancer in July.
Smart was 61 years old. Smart was the bureau chief of the Harrison-Taylor 911 center.
The FBI said Smart was awarded the honor for making the community safer, stronger, and more prepared to handle emergency situations.
His widow, Sandy Smart accepted the award on his behalf. She said he would have been proud to get the award.
"If I know him he would be looking forward to the next project and where we would go from here and how we can improve what we already have. He just looked to the future and wanted the best in safety and communications for us," explained Sandy Smart.
Many people who worked with Smart were at the award ceremony.
"Fred was somebody that I worked with for over half of my life, and his common sense approach to serving the public in both emergency management and communications and the things that he did throughout his career is just tremendous to see it recognized by the community," said Paul Bump, director of the Harrison County 911 Center.
Sandy Smart will go to Washington in the spring to accept an award from the FBI's director.