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Police Officer Charles T. Smith

Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Wednesday, January 31, 1973

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Reflections for Police Officer Charles T. Smith

Officer Smith,
On today, the 50th 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 with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

January 31, 2023

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

January 31, 2021

Rest in peace Officer Smith.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 11, 2020

To my Uncle Charlie,
I want to thank you for your service to the Milwaukee community. Ben Sanders should perish behind bars. Killing two officers in the line of duty is despicable. We will never know our Uncle Charlie or his partner because of ‘Ben Sanders. God Bless Uncle Charlie.
To Ben Sanders...... You should Rot in hell, you don’t deserve another chance much less another day on this Earth.
Mark Smith

Mark Smith

June 10, 2018

A military veteran who came home and continued his life of selfless service in the protection of others. Prayers to his family, friends and co-workers. We never forget when we lose one of our own.

Patrol Specialst II (Retired)
Wauwatosa PD

January 31, 2015

My Great-Uncle Charlie was an amazing man, and I never was able to meet him. I was born 11 years after he was killed. My grandfather still shares stories, and still hurts from this tradegy.

Amanda Kekic
Great Niece

January 25, 2015

Officers Hempe & Smith were murdered on my birthday, January 31st. I will never forget my 30th birthday. They are forever in my heart. May they rest in peace with our Lord & Savior.

Detective Retired, Fred Haas
Milwaukee Police Department

February 25, 2013

We have not fogotten.
No Parole Letter Sent.

Sgt. Daniel Wesolowski
Milwaukee Police

February 16, 2013

I am truly honored to have sent my "No Parole" letter to the state of Wisconsin. This man should never be allowed to appreciate the world that you made safe for all of us.

Billy Russo (Det. Ret.)
Nassau County Police Dept. NY

February 1, 2013

I am truly honored to have sent my "No Parole" letter to the state of Wisconsin. This man should never be allowed to appreciate the world that you made safe for all of us.

Billy Russo (Det. Ret.)
Nassau County Police Dept. NY

February 1, 2013

I was honored to send off my 'No Parole' letter today for you, my brother in blue. Thank you for your sacrifice and may you forever, rest in peace. You are a true AMERICAN HERO !!!

My prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers.


Sgt. Mitch Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

February 1, 2013



January 31, 2013

A true "Hero" taken. May God grant you eternal peace. Prayers to your loved ones and to your department.

I find it deplorable that we have to actually worry about this low life dirt bag being granted parole after being sentenced to 2 consecutive life terms.
Ridiculous !

Billy Russo (Det. Ret.)
Nassau County Police Dept. NY

January 31, 2013

No Parole

Letter sent.

Yorik Cade

January 31, 2013

You are a true hero Sir, I too have seen the city of Milwaukee's darkside and can relate. RIP Hero.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

January 31, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th 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.

Phylllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

January 31, 2011

The death of you and your partner is an example how the most simplest of police tasks can be most dangerous. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice.

Detective Thomas Downes

January 27, 2011

Just reading some random reflections and came upon this incident. First off, thank you Officer Smith for your sacrifice!! But how in the #$^% was this animal eligible for parole?? WOW.....

Houston Police Dept

May 14, 2010

Rest in God's loving embrace, hero. You will never be forgotten.

Wisconsin L.E.O.

October 8, 2008

I am speechless after reading of the circumstances in which you died. Your story is a reminder of the dangers that you and LEOs in all times and in all places faced and do face for the sake of those known and unknown to you, those who are grateful and those who couldn't care less. I honor you on this day, Officer Smith. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

A Grateful Citizen
Huntsville AL

May 6, 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
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

February 22, 2008

You are missed more than I think you will ever know. A part of my heart is missing and I know where it is.

Jenny Starker
Wife and friend

February 21, 2008

May you always rest in peace and know that you will never be forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

January 31, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

January 22, 2008

God Bless you and your family on this anniversary of your tragic death

Cranford Police Dept (NJ)

January 31, 2007

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