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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
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I've been working U.S. 19 between Red Level and Inglis hard the last few weeks in your memory. I stop for my lunch break at the memorial and clear limbs and try to clean things up a bit. Lots of tire tracks tell me you have not been forgotten. When I'm out there, I feel like you are riding right front with me. God knows, there isn't any other backup close. Some of the motorists I stop (locals) comment on your cause. It's amazing with today's goings on, all positive. Big brother, you are a hero indeed and are missed daily.

I spoke to Ricky Starling a few years ago on a traffic stop in Marion County and we shared opinions on your shooting. His decision to only wound your assailant would change if he had the power to go back. I know where I would have aimed.

Thanks to a spineless, tree hugging judge, the death penalty was overturned due to the killer's marijuana influence (now legal). What a shame.

Please rest in peace Sergeant R.G. Smith.

We will be back in that section of U.S. 19 in the morning....... hunting.

M/Tpr. Scott A. Howard Ret./Reserve
FHP
October 2, 2017

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

I think of you often and remember that horrific day on December 23, 1973. I would often visit my family in south Florida, and I had a great interest in the Florida Highway Patrol. I had just completed one of my visits when I heard of your murder. I was thankful for the hunters who apprehended your murderers. I was enraged to hear the death sentence was commuted by a liberal criminal justice system that has forgotten how to protect those who protect us. Every time I have walked up to investigate a parked vehicle I have thought of you! I think of how dangerous it is to perform something as routine as a motorist assist. Your brothers will never forget you and we will do everything we can to keep your murderer from being paroled.

Capt. Glenn Kresge
Delaware health and Social Services
January 26, 2015

the members of narleo are proud to be custodians of the site where tpr. smith made the ultimate sacrifice. what is often forgotten is the fact that you were attempting to assist what you believed to be two motorists that needed assistance and they repaid your good deed with a shower of lead. Your sacrifice was not in vain...two criminals who don't deserve the exist are locked up where they cannot hurt any more honest hard working citizens. R I P Trooper Smith....we will never forget!

CHRIS TALAR
NARLEO-MEMORIAL CHAIRMAN
May 23, 2014

God rest your soul.

Sgt Jim
December 30, 2013

My heart breaks once again that your life was taken at such a young age...Thank you for your sacrifice and I am making sure I do my part to keep your killer behind bars. You did not get to live your life to the fullest and I believe your killer should pay for their crime. I keep all our brave LEO, Military, Fire, and EMS in my daily prayers.

family of
Sgt. Howard Stevenson E.O.W 1/9/05
December 30, 2013

May final and permanent justice prevail. It is an honor to mail my letter today.

caring citizen
Tampa, FL
December 30, 2013

NO PAROLE FOR COP KILLERS.

Patricia Winemiller
December 29, 2013

I was honored to send off my 'No Parole' letter today for you, my brother in blue. Thank you for your sacrifice and may you forever, rest in peace. You are a true AMERICAN HERO !!!

My prayers continue to be with your family, friends and co-workers.

HEROES NEVER DIE...

Sgt. Mitch Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon
December 29, 2013

Warrior and Hero!!!

Inspector
April 14, 2012

Rest in Peace, Trooper Smith. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
February 9, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th 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 who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
December 23, 2011

Continue to rest in peace Trooper Smith, we will never forget the sacrifice that you and your family made for all of us.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler,FL

Deb
December 23, 2011

My brother you were not and wont be forgotten!

Tpr J. Velez
FHP
July 19, 2011

On Tuesday, July 19, 2011, The National Association of Retired Law Enforcement Officers-Citrus County Chapter #1 (NARLEO) invites the public to the formal dedication of Trooper Ronald Gordon Smith Bridge.

The twin span structure of Route #19 crosses the Florida Bridge Canal north of Crystal River, and is named after the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper who gave his life just south of the bridge during a gunfight with two escaped felons from Oklahoma on Dec. 23, 1973.

In October 2010, NARLEO membership and the local community dedicated a monument to Trooper Smith at the actual site of the tragic event, where Basswood Drive intersects Route #19 (Suncoast Highway).

Smith family members and others who played a part in the apprehension of the escapees will be in attendance, and a hearty welcome is extended to all who wish to attend the ceremony.

A motorcade will formerly open the bridge shortly after noon, and participants are asked to meet in the staging area, which will be the parking lot of the Cross-Florida Greenwat, located on the southeast side of the bridge.

There will be signs at the entrance driveway on the northbound highway #19 near Nature Coast R.V. Park. For more information contact NARLEO chairman Chris Talar at 352-746-1866 and leave a mes

Tracie Crawford
friend of family
July 8, 2011

Ronnie - I never met you personally but heard about you my whole life. I was born almost 2 weeks after you died. My parents mentioned you often and you were always a part of my life and family. As my great grandparents and your parents were the best of friends - i always thought of you as a member of our family. I was able to meet Alicia after so many years last year and was able to stop at the memorial with dad last week. It was very emotional for both of us. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. You will always be in my heart.

Tracie Crawford
daughter of Retired State Trooper Tom (or Tommy) Crawford
ggranddaughter of Retired (now deceased) Tallahassee Police Officer Henry Crawford

Tracie Crawford
February 28, 2011

We will never forget the heroes of Florida, and you sir are one of those.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

Anonymous
December 23, 2010

A day does not go by since the Trooper Smith Memorial have been up, that I drive and stop for a few minutes. He gave his life for our safety. I did not have the chance to meet
you, but it seems like I have known you for a very long time.

Thank you

Nancy Morell
Registered Nurse
November 17, 2010

The Memorial Dedication to Ronnie on October 2, 2010 was long over due, However I wish to thank NARLEO for sponsering and putting this event together. The Memorial was beautiful and a real tribute to a real hero Trooper Ronald Gordon Smith. His Daughter Alicia now can maybe feel some closure after all of these years after her father was so brutaly taken from her. He never had a chance as a young man to experience raising his daughter or the other pleasures in life that so many of us take for granted. I have always loved and respected Ronnie he was a fine man and friend I will never forget him. Rick Pararo

Anonymous
October 3, 2010

The Memorial will always serve as a tribute to Trooper Smith. It shows that even though Ron is gone...He will NEVER be forgotten! Thank you Trooper Cloud, for all your hard work to make this happen. Rest in Peace Trooper Ronald Smith.

DET. LARRY TROJANOWSKI (RETIRED)
PENNSYLVANIA STATE CONSTABLES
October 1, 2010

Memorial Dedication at the site of the shooting on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010 at 11:00 am. Thank you NARLEO, this is long over due. May God protect all that serve our country.

Beth Waters
Niece
September 27, 2010

You will be remembered every time I go over that bridge and every time I conduct a vehicle check.




R.I.P

dep. Jonathan Richey
Citrus County Sheriffs Office
September 14, 2010

You will be remembered every time I go over that bridge and every time I conduct a vehicle check.




R.I.P

dep. Jonathan Richey
Citrus County Sheriffs Office
September 14, 2010

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

VanDenBerghe
manchester, nh
December 22, 2007

"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 © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
December 12, 2007

 
 

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