Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Lieutenant Gordon Smith, Jr.

Midland Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, November 28, 1961

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Reflections for Lieutenant Gordon Smith, Jr.

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

March 7, 2019

Hey Daddy,

Just wanted you to know that you have a great, great grandson now. He is my youngest son's grandson. His name is Caysen Andrew. He's 5 months old and he has red hair. I wish so much that you could have been here longer to meet your children's children and their children. You would have loved all of them. You were and are so loved and missed more than you could ever imagine even after 57 years.

I love you,

Sheila K Riddle
Youngest Daughter

October 17, 2018

RIP Old School. I hope you cut that vermin in two with that heater. You walked tall.

Deputy Constable Anonymous Anonymous
31 years of service

April 13, 2018

I remember seeing your photo everyday going to work at the old MPD. RIP 55 years later

Floyd Mullens, Sr
Former MPD

November 28, 2016

Lt. Smith
On today, the 52nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served in the USMC during WW II. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow former Marine/LEO

United States Border Patrol

November 28, 2013

It's been another year and every one that goes by makes me miss you even more. I so wish you could have have met all your grandkids and great grandkids. You would have been so proud of them. We all miss you and love you. Give Momma and Becky hugs for us.

Sheila Riddle

November 28, 2012

It's been 50 years and I remember it like it was yesterday. I didn't know about this site or I would have written in it on Nov. 28. I miss you more than anyone could possibley imagine. You have 10 grand kids and 14 great grands. They all know who you are and what you meant to us. I pray you are sitting with Momma and Becky looking down on and protecting us.

Sheila Smith Riddle

January 6, 2012

I remember you as a Sherman Police Officer before joining Midland..Rest in peace was a dedicated officer from a young age..

Bobby Jefferson Jr

January 2, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 60th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

November 28, 2011

On this 50th Anniversary of your senseless and tragic murder, I salute you, Sir! I salute you, Sir, for your bravery, duty and ultimate sacrifice. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends. You will FOREVER be a hero and will NEVER be forgotten!

SGT Mark B. Hanna, Retired
Fayetteville, AR Police Department

November 28, 2011

Your story is told even today, fifty years later. Thank you for your sacrifice. A true American Hero.

Pastor David Bottrell
Hunt Valley Baptist Church & Son of Rodger Bottrell your nephew.

November 17, 2010

I wonder daily what life would be like had you survived that night. I am proud to be part of his bloodline, and hope he is proud of our family. I can't wait to meet you in heaven.

Leigha Gaines

February 5, 2010

Lt. Smith,
On today, the 47th anniversary of your death, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Midland. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



November 28, 2008

My Dad, Lt. John Farrell was with you when you were shot. I have heard the story about what happend for years and I will never forget it. You and your family have my utmost respect and gratitude.

Retha Farrell Scott

January 7, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

manchester, nh

November 28, 2007

Lieutenant Smith and his family were like family to me. I have tried through the years to get in contact with Pat and his family but have failed. It would be greatful to have them email or call me and my family. Mr. Smith would not have believe that the fat little frekled face little boy across the street would be married now and have 7 children. One boy and six girls.

Our prayers have been with the entire family all the many years later.

Jerry Horn
Fredericksburg VA

Jerry Horn
Family Friend

September 21, 2007

Lieutenant Smith and his family were my closest friends when I was a young boy. His son Pat was my closest and dearest friend for years. We miss Gordon and pray he rest in peace.

Jerry Horn

Jerry Horn
Next Door

December 20, 2006

Thank you for your sacrifice.


November 16, 2006

We are lucky heroes like you have been around and are still around. Not many understand the sacrifices made for our protection. Though we've never met I am reminded of you daily. I am extremely proud of my namesake.

Gordon Smith

July 19, 2006

Lieutenant Smith, we thank you for your service, we have the watch now.

Pecos Police Department
Pecos, Texas

May 19, 2006

Thank you for a job well done. Rest in Peace, you will never be forgotten.

T. Henshaw - Detective
Bell Gardens Police Department, CA

January 14, 2004

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