Patrolman Billy Wayne Simms

Patrolman Billy Wayne Simms

Fort Smith Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Friday, April 18, 1986

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Billy Wayne Simms

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.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 2 years, 6 months
  • Badge 1

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

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My sister and I grew up next door to Billy and his sister Peggy, on S.E, 26th street in Oklahoma City, Our Dads were both recent war veterans so we got our new little home at the same time. Billy was outnumbered by us girls but he really was like a brother to us. What a great and innocent time that was, growing up on that street, children of war vets. There was a park across the street and a fire station. We loved the summer time as we played softball or went swimming at the pool at Wheeler school. I recall our sadness when Billy and Peggy's dad died in a motorcycle accident. We were all so close.

I think of our great times back then, as kids enjoying life. Waiting on "Johnny the Ice Cream man' to come down the street so we could get our ice cream. Riding bicycles, just having a great time.

My sister and my I, along with our Mom, attended Billy's memorial service. It was so wonderful to see how well thought of he was. He was a great kid -- and it was easy to see he was a great man, a great husband and father.

I know he is still missed by everyone.

Joann VanCuren Bell
Childhood friend

February 18, 2020

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