Deputy Sheriff William H. Smith

Deputy Sheriff William H. Smith

Baldwin County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch Sunday, June 6, 2021

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William H. Smith

Deputy Sheriff Bill Smith drowned while attempting a water rescue of three distressed swimmers in the Gulf of Mexico off of Fort Morgan Road.

He and another deputy entered the water in an attempt to rescue the three swimmers. Deputy Smith also became distressed during the rescue. Deputy Smith was taken to a nearby medical facility where he was pronounced dead. The other deputy and all three swimmers were also treated at local facilities.

Deputy Smith had served with the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office for seven years. He had previously served with the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office and had served as a firefighter for 30 years.


  • Age 57
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

water rescue


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I am sad to learn of the passing of a Brother and Hero in Deputy Sheriff William H. Smith. I believe our Heavenly Father has welcomed him home into his loving arms where he will now patrol the Golden Streets of Heaven. May the Lord deliver Blessings,, Comfort and Peace to his Family, Friends and all Members of the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

Retired, T W Martinez
FOP member
State of New Mexico/JJS

June 18, 2021

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