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Trooper Ronald Gordon Smith | Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

Trooper

Ronald Gordon Smith

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

End of Watch: Sunday, December 23, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 8 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Both apprehended

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Trooper Ronald Smith was shot and killed while checking two suspicious men in a parked car.

The subjects attempted to flee but two nearby hunters shot and wounded one of them and then captured both.

Trooper Smith had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for only eight months.

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I live in Lutz Fl and travel back and forth from Mayo Fl ( visiting our family cemetery and other things ) , a few years back I stopped at Trooper Smith's memorial site . As I read the story of what happened I had numerous thoughts running through my head .. What he must have been feeling , thinking ... what his family,friends and coworkers had to go through, why and what were these two men doing out there in the middle of nowhere and why did they have to do what they did !

At the same time that these things were running through my head , I started feeling a sense of connection and I dont know why ! From that moment on whenever I pass by his memorial or when I stop , I always say out loud ... Hello Trooper Smith , Thank You for your service and Thank You for continuing to watch over this section of the hwy !

This past Sat 5/23/15 we were on our way back from my dads and aunts funeral in Mayo and I stopped , this time I had my youngest son ( 21) with me and I wanted him to see the memorial . As we stood there reality set in for me and I had to hold back the tears , you see I have three sons and two of them have been talking about becoming law enforcement officers !!

I am so proud of them but at the same time extremely scared as well . My son read the story and we walked back to the bench and other markers and as we were leaving he asked if I thought there would be anything online about Trooper Smith and I told him yes so that now makes several people in my family who will never forget Trooper Smith !!!!

May Trooper Smith RIP and his family find peace ....

Carolann Solomon
Caring Citizen
May 24, 2015

 

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