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Lieutenant John Wesley Smith, III | Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee

Lieutenant

John Wesley Smith, III

Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Wednesday, May 14, 1980

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 17 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Automobile accident

Incident Date: 5/14/1980

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Lieutenant Smith was killed in an automobile accident while responding to an officer needs assistance call that was broadcast over the police radio shortly after midnight. He was travelling on Clarksville Highway when his patrol car collided with a pickup truck.

Lieutenant Smith had been with the agency for 17 years and was survived by his wife and three sons.

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You are greatly missed by both Gary (son) and Jimmy (nephew), both who are Sergeants now and both that I have served with. I've heard a lot of stories of "Big "John" Smith from those that knew you.. I'm sorry I never got to meet you in person. You would be so proud of Gary, he is a good friend and leader. Rest easy brother in blue.

Sgt. Geoff Odom
Metropolitan Nashville Police Department
July 19, 2014

 

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