Patrolman David M. Smith

Patrolman David M. Smith

New Mexico State Police, New Mexico

End of Watch Monday, August 6, 1984

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David M. Smith

Patrolman David Smith and Patrolman Lowell Howard were killed in an airplane accident while performing an aerial speed enforcement operation above Route 550 (modern-day Route 516) near the entrance to Farmington Lake.

After the operation ended, the officers radioed that they were going to fly over the enforcement zone one last time. As they did so one of the aircraft wheels struck a powerline, causing the Cessna R172E to strike the ground. Both officers were killed instantly.

Patrolman Smith had served with the New Mexico State Police for six years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and son.

Bio

  • Age 29
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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Rest in peace always knowing that your memory, service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 6, 2020

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