Police Officer John F. Smith

Police Officer John F. Smith

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, October 28, 1916

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John F. Smith

Police Officer John Smith was killed when he was struck over the head with his own billy club during a brawl he was trying to break up in a saloon at 2nd and Poplar streets.

Before he became unconscious, he shot his assailant in the back. The man was arrested nearby.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 4 years, 1 month
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object; Baton
  • Offender Arrested

fight call

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 98th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to leave a tribute to you. 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. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

January 27, 2014

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