Deputy Sheriff John Mark Schmitt

Deputy Sheriff John Mark Schmitt

Washington County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Monday, September 7, 1998

John Mark Schmitt

Deputy John Schmitt was killed while he and his partner were responding to a call for back up from a local law enforcement agency when their squad car was involved in a accident with two other cars. A total of seven others were injured. Deputy Schmitt's rookie partner was admitted to a local hospital for observation.

Deputy Schmitt had served with the agency for 8 years. He is survived by his wife.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 465

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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Well John, it’s been a long time since I last saw you. Remembering our days in high school, softball, road rallies, some of our talks, the kindness you’ve shown me, the laughter you always seemed to bring, and the help you were always ready to offer. The more time that passes makes it seem even more surreal. Like it was not too long ago that…, Wait, it’s been 20 years already?
One of the things I remember most vividly was probably one of the simplest things you did for me; That was to stop and help me fix a flat tire before class when we were in high school. Not that I needed the help, but the fact that you cared enough to stop. Early on you showed a dedication to help people, to be a paladin.
“See you in brown”, was what you said to me the day before I was hired. That was 25 years ago. I am honored to still be wearing that same brown as you did.
Thank you for keeping watch over us my friend.

Lieutenant Rick Miller
Washington County Sheriff's Office

September 6, 2018

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