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Police Chief Michael Henry Smit | Garwin Police Department, Iowa Garwin Police Department, Iowa

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Michael Henry Smit

Garwin Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch: Sunday, November 6, 1977

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 19

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Automobile crash

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Chief Michael Smit was killed in an automobile accident while returning from the city of Gladbrook, where he had gone to assist with searching for vandals. While returning to Garwin he encountered heavy fog and struck a horse that was standing in the roadway.

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Hey, Mike. I went to high school with you. You were the son of two extraordinary school teachers for the LaPorte City schools. Both you and your Dad are buried just a couple of rows up from my dad at Westview Cemetery.

Most folks don't understand that Garwin is a town of around 500 people and having a police chief your age isn't unheard of - but you were a special guy. Mike, I remember the day your Dad awarded me the very first Michael Smit Memorial Scholarship and it helped me to get through school. I appreciated that.

Just wanted you to know I think of you sometimes.

C. Baker
Just an old family friend
September 22, 2015


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