Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Douglas E. Smith

Sherman County Sheriff's Department, Oregon

End of Watch Sunday, August 27, 1978

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Douglas E. Smith

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)

August 27, 2020

It has been just over 37 years ago that my brother was killed. I was out walking with my dog just a mile and a half away from the accident. I remember the sheriff and pastor showing up at the house to tell us that Doug was gone. I remember how empty I felt, angry I was, and how much pain I felt. My best friend, brother, helper and one that I looked up too. Mom and Dad, our brother Steve are all gone now as well. As I sit here writing this reflection I remember all of the good times we had together. I remember how he wanted to go back to school and eventually work with Oregon's troubled youth. Doug had a big heart, of which he got from Diane his mother. Through the years I have retired form the military and spent the last 15 years working for the State of Alaska, Department of Corrections. Throughout my life I have always looked back and reflected on what it would have been like having Doug in my life. I miss him. Oregon lost a great guy on that faithful day. Rest in Peace my brother.

Lieutenant Rex Adam von Borstel
State of Alaska, Department of Corrections

October 2, 2015

Yesterday two officers of the City of New York police department were killed by a gunman and that prompted me to again reflect on the only police officer that I have personally known as a friend who was killed in the line of duty: Doug Smith. I met Doug through his brother Steve who was a friend of mine while we were students at the University of Oregon nearly 40 years ago. Doug was a smart, thoughtful, and kind person. To his family and friends and fellow officers, please know that Doug remains in our thoughts, and has throughout all these years.

Dan Slater

December 21, 2014

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 35th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. 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. Rest In Peace.

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

April 17, 2013

"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

January 15, 2008

To Douglas Smith's family and friends....I am sorry for your loss that happened so long ago. I am a close friend of Jack Larimer, the passenger of the other vehicle that was involved in the accident. I don't know exactly what happened that faithful day but my thoughts have always been with your family along with my friend Jack. Words seem so weak for a life lost. Thank you for douglas's community service while in the Sheriff's dept. even though I was never lucky enough to meet him. God Bless the Smith Family and friends. Walt Kalb.

Walt Kalb

June 19, 2007

Deputy Sheriff Smith,
On today, the 27th anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service to the citizens of Sherman County.


August 27, 2005

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