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Deputy Sheriff Douglas E. Smith | Sherman County Sheriff's Department, Oregon Sherman County Sheriff's Department, Oregon

Deputy Sheriff

Douglas E. Smith

Sherman County Sheriff's Department, Oregon

End of Watch: Sunday, August 27, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Automobile accident

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Deputy Douglas Smith was killed in an automobile accident when his vehicle was struck head-on by another vehicle on Highway 97 between Moro and Biggs Junction. He was responding to reports of a vehicle being driven at a high rate of speed and as he crested a hill near mile marker 12 the vehicle struck his head-on. Both vehicles burst into flames and Deputy Smith and the two occupants of the other vehicle were all killed.

Deputy Smith had served with the agency for 4 years. He was survived by his parents, brothers, and sisters.

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It has been just over 37 years ago that my brother was killed. I was out walking with my dog just a mile and a half away from the accident. I remember the sheriff and pastor showing up at the house to tell us that Doug was gone. I remember how empty I felt, angry I was, and how much pain I felt. My best friend, brother, helper and one that I looked up too. Mom and Dad, our brother Steve are all gone now as well. As I sit here writing this reflection I remember all of the good times we had together. I remember how he wanted to go back to school and eventually work with Oregon's troubled youth. Doug had a big heart, of which he got from Diane his mother. Through the years I have retired form the military and spent the last 15 years working for the State of Alaska, Department of Corrections. Throughout my life I have always looked back and reflected on what it would have been like having Doug in my life. I miss him. Oregon lost a great guy on that faithful day. Rest in Peace my brother.

Lieutenant Rex Adam von Borstel
State of Alaska, Department of Corrections
October 2, 2015

 

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