Police Officer Robert Patrick Smith

Police Officer Robert Patrick Smith

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, April 23, 1980

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Robert Patrick Smith

Officer Smith died of a heart attack after a two-block foot chase to help capture a man with a knife who had been threatening parents outside the Gesu Parochial School at 18th and Stiles streets.

Officer Smith was a 20-year veteran.

Officer Smith was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 5725

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

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

April 23, 2021

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