Corporal Riley Delano Smith

Corporal Riley Delano Smith

Alabama Department of Public Safety, Alabama

End of Watch Friday, December 17, 1971

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Riley Delano Smith

Corporal Smith was electrocuted when he was called to check a body that had been found in marshy water adjacent to the Mobile Causeway.

When Corporal Smith waded into the shallow water to retrieve the teenager, he came in contact with a metal post on a billboard, which was later found to have an electrical short.

Corporal Smith had served with the Alabama Department of Public Safety for eight years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Electrocuted


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Cpl. Smith,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Alabama. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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December 17, 2021

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