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ATSAIC Christopher J. Smith | United States Department of Homeland Security - United States Secret Service, U.S. Government United States Department of Homeland Security - United States Secret Service, U.S. Government


Christopher J. Smith

United States Department of Homeland Security - United States Secret Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Thursday, December 27, 2007

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 22 years

Badge # 0120A

Military veteran

Cause: Heart attack

Location: Georgia

Incident Date: 3/25/2005

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Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge Chris Smith died as the result of a heart attack that he suffered shortly after participating in his department's physical fitness program in Atlanta, Georgia.

On March 25, 2005, Agent Smith had just completed a 3-mile jog and was returning to his office when he suffered a heart attack and collapsed in the elevator. A defibrillator was used to restore his heart rhythms but he never regained consciousness. He was transported to a local hospital where he remained in a coma for three months before being transferred home. He continued to remain in the coma until passing away on December 27, 2007.

Agent Smith was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and Army National Guard. He had served with the United States Secret Service for 19 years and had previously served with the North Carolina Highway patrol for two years. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

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Eleven years ago today you went down and our world would never be the same. When we rushed into the Cardiac/ICU wing at Crawford Long Hospital Caitlin and I knew the situation was 'dire', but like everyone else we were confident you would pull through. After all we'd fought through with my chronic medical problems and Caitlin's we not only survived, but came out stronger. You had the best and brightest physicians and science and technology on your side and an army of prayer warriors. You put up a valiant fight for every breath and heart beat that came from your broken body and I thanked God for every single one of them. To this day I'm unsure if anyone truly understands how or why your survival for those 33 months and 3 days was a blessing for me and Caitlin, not a burden.

My faith in God grew exponentially during those trying months, through the joy , agony, and tears. I continue to travel the highest peaks of the mountain tops and the lowest, darkest, loneliest path of the valleys searching for my new 'normal', wondering if I will ever find it. One thing I know for sure is that I will never love again because I can never stop loving you, not even for a day. It's been eleven years and I still cry every day. I don't care if people think that's messed up. Besides, they don't bother to ask any more and if they did I wouldn't share. Our love was too sweet to share.

Caitlin speaks your name a little more often, but stills holds her feelings very tight. I long for the day when she opens up about "Dad"....


Kathy Smith
Surviving Spouse
March 25, 2016


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