Patrol Officer Howard K. Smith, III

Patrol Officer Howard K. Smith, III

Owasso Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Monday, September 27, 2021

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Howard K. Smith, III

Patrol Officer Howard K. Smith, III died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Officer Smith had served with the Owasso Police Department for 21 years and was an Assistant SWAT Commander. He had served in law enforcement for 26 years. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.

Bio

  • Age 52
  • Tour 26 years
  • Badge 942

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Friday, August 13, 2021

communicable disease, COVID-19

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The true measure of a person
is not found in the
might of their arm,
their wealth
or their power –
it is found in the strength
of their character.

There is no greater testimony to
ones character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.
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Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

October 18, 2021

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