Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Major Nathaniel Smith, Jr.

Pascagoula Police Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Saturday, May 22, 1976

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Reflections for Major Nathaniel Smith, Jr.

You are remembered. Rest easy, Major.

Cristina

May 27, 2018

I remember this day when I arrived 43 years ago while driving a ambulance for my dad who was also there in another ambulance. When we saw it was you It was a very serene atmosphere with other officers were arriving. You were known as a outstanding officer by you department and other agency in the county...
RIP

Lt Mike Bryant
City of Stone Mountain Police, Georgia

December 13, 2017

41 years now. Your sacrifice and service are not forgotten. You and your family are still in my thoughts and prayers.

Cristina
CPD

May 22, 2017

Major, almost eight years on the job & I still think of you often, especially today. I'll keep your family in my prayers. Thank you for keeping an eye on us. Thank you for your service & your sacrifice. R.I.P, brother

Cristina
CPD

May 22, 2016

Major Smith your sacrifice will never be forgotten! Thank you for your dedicated service to The City of Pascagoula and the citizens you were sworn to protect! Continue to rest in peace my fellow LE Brother!
"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." John 15:13

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

Corporal Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol, TroopD

May 22, 2016

Your sacrifice will never be forgotten! Thank you for your dedicated service to the Citizens and City of Pascagoula! Continue to Rest in Peace Officer Smith.
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13

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

Corporal Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol, Troop D

May 22, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas

May 22, 2015

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 36th 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 who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

May 22, 2012

Major Smith,
You passed away on the day my wife and I were married. We are still married and I retired from PD Joliet IL on 4-22-09 after 37+ years of service. Thank you for watching out for us continuing to serve after your death. It is my prayer that you continue to rest in peace and watch out for those who became officers and continue to serve including my son (2005-still serving).Thank you for your service and my thoughts and prayers of condelence go out to your family, co-workers and community.

Sgt. Robert Mau -Retired
PD Joliet IL

February 22, 2011

Your life was taken the day mine began. I graduate in 4 weeks and I will think of you often. God bless you Major.

Cadet Cristina Russell
CPD

January 4, 2009

I would like to thank you officer Tillman for your kind words. My father left behind three daughters Natalie Jean Roberson, Kimberly Lynne Giessmann and Jennifer Diane Buras. I have had numerous citizens come up to me over the years and tell me what a well respected man my father was and how dedicated he was to his job. I no longer live in Pascagoula, but I remember their were only 3 to 5 officers that asked if we needed anything or what could they do to help. This was so sad. I know my Daddy would have been so ashamed and embarrased by his fellow officers. I have forgiven Mr. Willie Smith who killed my father many many years ago as that is what the scriptures teach and my father would not want us to hold hatred in our hearts.

Kimberly Smith Giessmann
Devoted Daughter

February 11, 2008

The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 4, 2007

Mr. Smith, most of us working at PPD did not know you or your family. However, we see that you were dedicated to the profession. We thank you for your service before us. We are sad that the abuse of alcohol ,which is so common and accepted in our troubled world today, caused the accident in which you were killed. I pray that your family has found peace in these times.

Capt. George Tillman
Pascagoula Police Dept.

September 12, 2006

Major Smith,
On today, the 29th anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service to the citizens of Pascagoula.

R.I.P.
Anonymous

May 22, 2005

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