Police Officer Franklin M. Smith

Police Officer Franklin M. Smith

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Thursday, August 24, 1911

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Franklin M. Smith

Police Officer Franklin Smith was killed when he was run over by a fire wagon being pulled by horses. He and several other mounted officers were responding in front of the fire wagon clearing a path while en route to a fire. When Officer Smith stopped to hold back a crowd his horse backed up and was struck by one of the horses pulling the wagon, knocking him to the ground. The wagon then ran over Officer Smith.

Officer Smith had served with the Detroit Police Department for two years and was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

emergency response, fire

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Rest in peace sir and always know that no passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice.

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

August 24, 2020

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