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Patrolman Billy Wayne Simms | Fort Smith Police Department, Arkansas Fort Smith Police Department, Arkansas

Patrolman

Billy Wayne Simms

Fort Smith Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch: Friday, April 18, 1986

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 2 years, 6 months

Badge # 1

Cause: Struck by vehicle

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Patrolman Simms was struck and killed by a vehicle while crossing Rogers Avenue near Barling at 2055 hours. He was on patrol when he stopped to assist a disabled motorist. He had activated his emergency lights and walked across the street to the car. When he finished with the motorist he was walking back to his patrol car when a car struck him. He was knocked into the path of another car and was killed instantly.

Patrolman Simms had been with the agency for over two years and was survived by his wife, daughter, son, mother and sister.

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I worked the adjacent beat with you that night Billy. I was with you a few minutes before you were killed. I am so sorry what took place that night. You were the best of us. You cared so much for others and that ultimately led to the event that took your life. Helping a stalled motorist. Something most of us tried to avoid. I think of you often Billy and wish you great peace. Thank you for your example of how we all should have been. God Bless you Officer Simms.

Lance Langdon (Patrolman)
former Fort Smith Police Department
January 20, 2015

 

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