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Detective Sergeant Tom Smith | Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Department, California Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Department, California

Detective Sergeant

Tom Smith

Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Department, California

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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Reflections for Detective Sergeant Tom Smith


Rest in Peace Tommy. You will be missed by all but remembered by everyone!

Mike Warren #260 (Retired)
June 24, 2014

R.I.P., brother.

May 18, 2014

He went to work that day and did not know
This shift he served would bring such sorrow
This call to duty would be his last
His time on earth is now his past
God set this day as his time to go
Rest in peace Detective Sergeant Smith, now a hero
He gave the ultimate sacrifice
With integrity and pride he paid the price
His family, friends and colleagues will mourn
As an angel in heaven he is now reborn
His golden heart stopped beating
Hardworking hands at rest
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the very best.

Master Sergeant Retired Jane Hosteny
Illinois State Police
May 4, 2014


May 4, 2014

Rest in Peace, prayers for the family.

Deputy L. Barth
Taylor County Sheriff's Department
May 4, 2014

It's been over two months and my heart is heavy daily. I know that Tommy would not like to hear that but it is true. Tommy taught me how to be a CSO and to strive to better myself daily. He gave me opportunities when others would not. Unknowingly he had been a mentor to me for many years. I will never forget the years in Richmond being his and Boris's side kick. The laughs were just as many as the lessons I learned.
Kellie and Summer, you two are in my prayers and thoughts daily. I know your blessed with many who love and care for you......

March 25, 2014

Tommy I am very honored that the last 23 years I was your brother in law. I remember the first time we met, it was my 23rd birthday while I was at Sac State. I new that you were meant for my sister. Thank you for all you did for my sister and my parents over the years. Your are a wonderful man and a awesome brother to me. I will never forget our last beer with Steve, January 18th, 2014, at Maria, Maria. Love you buddy, R.I.P and watch over your two girls.

Todd M. Shaheen, K9 Handler
Hayward Police Department
Brother in Law to Det. Sgt. Tom (Tommy) Smith, Jr., BART Police Dept.
March 25, 2014

On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Tommy was accidently killed.

To the Smith family, fellow BART officers, and all who call Tommy beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

I attended your funeral, and was so moved by the words of all of those who eulogized you, especially your brother. Your entire family is dedicated to a life of service, and I think this gives them a better understanding of the tragic circumstances that have devastated so many.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Sgt. Tommy Smith gave to his community and the citizens of California, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on January 21, 2014.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05
March 8, 2014

Detective Sergeant Tommy Smith,

Alive and well in the arms of God.

To Your Family,

Feel His presence as God answers the prayers of many who have fallen to their knees on your behalf. Since the day of my son's death, I have carried every law enforcement officer and their family in my heart.

Every morning I go to my knees. During that time I pray, “Lord, Be with all law enforcement officers. Keep them safe and free from harm. They are Your soldiers on the front line of the battle against evil. If one should fall this day - wrap their family in your loving arms. Surround them with Your angels, loving family, friends, neighbors and caring people to comfort them. Ease their pain. Help them to mourn well. In Jesus' name and for Your Glory, Amen.”

I have lifted you and your family to God every morning for over three years. Feel those prayers. God is with you, He knows and will ease your pain.

Pamela Hotsinpiller
Mother of
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
EOW 2-16-2011
February 22, 2014

Rest in Peace my Brother. May the friends and family be strong and my prayers go to them.

February 7, 2014

The National Police Wives Association would like to extend their heartfelt prayers to the family of Detective Sergeant Tom Smith and the Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Department during this time. Thank you, Sergeant Smith, for your service.

National Police Wives Association
February 6, 2014

Rest In Peace Detective Sergeant Smith.

Officer Christopher Goodwin (Retired)
High Point NC & Charlotte-Mecklenburg NC Police Depts.
February 6, 2014

Rest in peace brother. Watch over us.

PO Olasokan
NYS University Police
February 5, 2014

Sending live and prayers of comfort to the family, Department & the Officer involved. God has called another hero home.

Mother of a Sergeant
Colorado Springs PD
February 1, 2014

I am honored that I got to work under your leadership. We lost our best. No words can describe this loss, simply stated, our hearts are broken. You will never be forgotten. We will watch over Kellie and Summer.
RIP Sgt Tom Smith.

Deborah Erdy Police Officer
February 1, 2014

Please accept my heartfelt condolences for the loss of your husband, father, family member and fellow LEO. This was undoubtedly a needless loss of life by an Officer in the lawful performance of his duties. Only God knows why. May the Lord wrap his loving arms around this family and the other involved Officer, for only He knows the heart of a just man. Rest in peace brother, Detective Sergeant Smith.

T.B. Huber, TSgt, USAF (retired)
USAF Security Police Law Enforcement (retired)
January 31, 2014

Thank you for service, courage, and sacrifice. You will never be forgotten.

Chief of Police Christopher Dillard
Owens Cross Roads Police Department
January 31, 2014

I have laid down my life in service to all of you.
I have been a part of the fabric that has held the line between your safety and your victimization. I have given my life so that others may live in peace. I have lived my life as a dedicated member of the greatest profession. There is no greater honor.

As I now become a part of the rich history of law enforcement, please remember me always for I have left behind those who loved and depended upon me.
My partners and my agency, please remember my family, their loss, and don’t let time soften your compassion for them.

You guard the gate now and I will continue my watch from above.


Doug Gist, Captain (ret) Washoe SO
Silver State National Peace Officers Museum, Virginia City, NV.
January 31, 2014

Thank you for your sacrifice and may you rest in peace.

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney
January 31, 2014

Deepest sympathy and prayers to the family and friends of Sergeant Smith. Rest in peace brother.

Sgt J Walter
Richmond PD Virginia
January 31, 2014

Rest in peace brother and thank you for your service. As you join our brothers and sisters in the hall of heroes, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Vires et Honorem

Ptlm Frank Kapusta
Mohawk PD
January 31, 2014

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice, it will never be forgotten. May God keep your family in His arms.

Special Agent #8268
US Homeland Security Investigations, Phoenix, AZ
January 30, 2014

My prayers go out to the family and friends and may SGT Smiths sacrifice never be forgotten.

Civilian supporter and future LEO
Lorain, Ohio
January 30, 2014

SGT Smith kept the trains I ride safe and on 21 January 2014 slipped the surly bonds of earth. May he rest in peace.

US Army Reserves
January 30, 2014

My deepest condolences to the Smith family and all the members of the Bart Police Department.

Pain shared is Pain divided...

Sgt. Sherman W. Lee
SFPD-Bayview Station Retired
January 29, 2014


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