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Trooper Robert G. Smith | Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

Trooper

Robert G. Smith

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

End of Watch: Saturday, July 26, 1997
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Reflections for Trooper Robert G. Smith

 

I saw the notice in today's Miami Herald remembering the anniversary of his on-duty death. I want his family to know that I still remember Trooper Smith because he had stopped by my traffic stops several times when I was conducting traffic stops on I-75 usually on my way home. I was with the Miami-Dade Police Department for 30 years, now retired, but have never forgotten Trooper Smith just checking that another officer was ok instead of just driving by...what a stand-up nice guy! I also remember the shock when I heard of his death at hands of drunk driver-but know he saved many lives by his DUI enforcement over the years. I will never forget him & honor his memory with his family today!

Retired Captain Martha Singleton
Miami Dade Police Department (retired)
July 26, 2016

Trooper Robert Smith,
I write this 18 years after that terrible night. I remember driving onto the scene moments after that car slammed into the back of your car and till this day I cannot believe what I saw. I did testify at the trial of the person who did this and my understanding is that he was convicted of his crimes. As a result of that day I began attending mass and became a Knight of Columbus. I pray that you rest in peace and feel gratitude that someone like you is watching over us from heaven.

Robert Zucco
January 14, 2015

Robbie - typing this as tears are running down my face. Miss you so much. I think about you all of the time. I smile when I remember you telling me that I was having twins before I even knew I was having twins!! I just cant believe that I was not there behind you that night - always backed up each other up back and forth but I headed in early as I wasnt feeling well - just so hard to accept - my boys Tyler and Cole know all about you and I told them about your twins as well! My "babies" are now almost 16 yrs old - Tyler is 6'3" and Cole is 6'1" and they have size 13 and 14 feet - not too little at all!!! I miss you. I miss that job. You will never be forgotten - always in my thoughs and prayers.

Jackie Schlumbohm
November 24, 2013

Robbie I still think about you every day, I can't believe you left us 16 years ago. I will always love you and remember you xo

Becky
Sister-in-law/friend
July 26, 2013

Went over your bridge for the first time Robert. A fitting tribute! Best wishes from the UK x

David Marsh
None
January 24, 2013

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

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL
July 26, 2012

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

Officer 11169
February 9, 2012

I was visiting in Miami this past weekend and noticed the sign/name on the bridge as we were heading to Bayside. It caught my eye because I work for Robert G. Smith, CPA in Cary, NC. I took a picture of the sign on our next trip across the bridge and then researched the name when we returned home. I am so very sorry for your loss, sounds like he was a great man who was loved by many.

Again, so very sorry for your loss.

Sincerely,
Becca Smith

Becca Smith
Robert G. (Bob) Smith, CPA
September 27, 2011

I can not express in words how terrible this news is to me. Robbie and I were friend at a very young age. I remember all the neighborhood kids playing in front of the Smiths house with the whole Smith family like it was yesturday. I give my regards to Robbies Mom, Dad, Danny, Robin, and especially little Amy.
God bless you all.

Jimmy Espada
Childhood FRIEND
August 8, 2011

I lived behind the Smiths while we were growing up in Cutler Ridge (Cutler Bay), on Haitian. I was very sorry to hear of Robbie's passing. I give my regards to all in the Smith Family for their loss, but especially to Dan and Robin, his siblings.

Matthew Powers
Friend
August 5, 2011

Just thinking of you today on your birthday

Anonymous
April 23, 2011

Merry Christmas Robert...You might be gone, but you are not forgotten.

Anonymous
December 25, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 13th 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 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. I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
July 26, 2010

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ
June 15, 2010

I didn't forget your birthday last week, thought about you. Please watch over us, God love you.

Friend
April 27, 2010

Merry Christmas Robert......

Friend
December 25, 2009

Robert,

I remembered your birtday, thoughts of you and what a wonderful person you were. Hard to believe that it has been almost 12 years since your passing. You will always be in my heart.

Anonymous
April 24, 2009

Today you would have turned 45. If it were anyone else, I might be filled with sadness, but you were such an amazing man. One to be proud of knowing. It's such an honor to have been a part of your life. You will always live on through your family and through your contributions.
Happy Birthday. I'll always keep your memory with me.


Friend
April 22, 2008

Robbie,
Just wanted to let you know that you are still in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing you a Happy Birthday up in Heaven.


Friend
April 22, 2008

"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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

Robbie,
My freind and the soul mate that God had for me!! Not a day goes by that I don't remember your smile and the great times that we shared. 10 years and it still seems like yesterday. You have given me so much strength and love to pass on to our two beautiful children Taylor and Todd!! They are truly a reflection of you and have brought so much happiness to my life!!! Your memory will always live through them.You are our gaurdian angel.Thank you to all of your co-workers and freinds that still keep in touch and watch over Taylor ,Todd and I.. Robbie you will always hold a big part of my heart and I was so blessed to have had you in my life and I am so honered to have shared the short time that we had together.I love you!!!
Lisa

Lisa Smith
Wife
September 16, 2007

Robbie,

I can't believe it's been over 10 years now. I think of you often and smile. Always a kind soul and never saw mad. Always there to help someone in need. You will always be in my thoughts and in my heart. It's nice to know their is an angel looking over us.


Friend
August 9, 2007

Robbie, you are in our thoughts and in our prayers everyday of our lives. An angel looking over our shoulders and always taking care of us. We miss you and pray for you and your family, especially now during the holidays. May god bless you and keep you golden for eternity.

We miss you

Manny & Jay
12/16/2006 11:00pm

Sgt Manny Jimenez & Tpr J Fuentes
Florida Highway Patrol / friend
December 16, 2006

Robbie,
Sitting here thinking about life and I always turn to you. Your name sake is getting so big, you'd be impressed. I've tried to live life the way you taught me. When things don't seem to good I think of you and suck it up. Your still the best friend someone could have ever had. You still make me do the right things. Thanks, I miss you. "The best Sergeant you ever had."

John
October 23, 2006

Robbie,
Hard to believe it has been 9 years today. I e-mailed Lisa today and told her my thoughts. You are still and always will be such a strong force in your family. We all miss you dearly and remember you fondly. Your legacy will live on with your two wonderful children and your dedication to your country will never be forgotten. Pease be with you always.

Rob Word
Friend
July 26, 2006

 
 

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