Police Officer Rodney Scott Smith

Police Officer Rodney Scott Smith

Hickman Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Friday, March 2, 2018

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Rodney Scott Smith

Police Officer Rodney Smith drowned when his patrol car was washed into a flooded field off of Bernal Avenue.

The area had become flooded as a result of the overflowing Bayou de Chien. He was checking the area when he went missing at approximately 9:15 pm. Multiple agencies responded to the area and began a massive search. His body and patrol car were located separately in a flooded field off of Bernal Avenue the following morning.

Officer Smith is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, and mother.

Smith had been a member of Hickman’s police department for nearly five months and previously worked as an officer in Mayfield, Kentucky, for several years.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 3 years, 5 months
  • Badge 511

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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