Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Dennis M. Smedley

Front Royal Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, September 20, 1983

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Reflections for Sergeant Dennis M. Smedley

Dennis the news of you being taken from us is one of those stories I will always remember where I was and what I was doing. I remember going to the Warren Co Fair and hanging out with you and Gwenn.

Cindy Pingley
Friend

September 20, 2018

Sweet Dennis - I will remember this day for the rest of my life. I love you and miss you. You were such a good person. ❤️

Linda Sheehan
Cousin

September 20, 2018

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 29th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. You will always be remembered and revered.

I pray for solace for all those that love and miss you for I know the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

September 20, 2012

On this day, we reflect back to the horrible day a wonderful Officer's life was taken so abruptly. We think of you, honor you & keep you in our memories....always!
Kim Kerns Wines

Anonymous

September 20, 2009

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

April 2, 2008

Sergeant Smedley:

Thank You for having served Warren County.

Some of my childhood fondest memories are of those living in Virginia, and visiting stalagtite/stalagmite underground caverns in the area.

May You Rest-In-Peace.

Maj M. B. Parlor
USMC / LAPD

September 20, 2007

On behalf of the men and women of the Virginia State University, Police Department, our thoughts and prayers to the Smedley family and the Front Royal Police Department.






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