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Deputy Sheriff Earl Smith

Pike County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Tuesday, May 15, 1979

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Earl Smith

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 15, 2015

RIP Sir

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

July 9, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 39th 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 that 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 16, 2012

I wish that I could've met this wonderful guy, who I am proud to call my paw. All that I have left of him is pictures and his uniform. The storys that I've heard about him have all been great. He was a blessing from above. My mom is child #12 and her twin is child 13, they have been through so much, at first they lost there youngest brother earl jr. then there dad, then there mom died in 1994, and they have lost 2 sisters. We all know that they are all up in heaven looking down on us blessing us with what we have. I just want to take the time out and thank everyone that still keeps my grandpa and family in your prayers.

Christina Mitchell
Grandaughter

January 30, 2009

"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

October 30, 2007

On the anniversary of your passing I pray your family is comforted by God. We are greatful for your service and dedication. Heros never die.

911 Dispatcher
Virginia

May 15, 2007

Thank you for your service.May you rest in peace and may The Lord bless your loved ones.

May 15, 2007

GOD BLESS THE FAMILY OF DEPUTY EARL SMITH, FOR HE GAVE ALL TO PROTECT AND SERVE THE CITIZENS OF PIKE COUNTY, KY. DEPUTY EARL SMITH WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN, ALONG WITH EVERY DEPUTY WHO LOST HIS LIFE WHILE SERVING THE COMMUNITIES IN PIKE COUNTY, KY. I AM HAPPY TO SERVE THE CITIZENS OF PIKE COUNTY AND KEEP THE MEMORIES OF OUR FALLIN' DEPUTIES ALIVE, WITH EACH DAY OF SERVICE.

DEPUTY WILLIAM T CROW III U/76
PIKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE

August 16, 2004

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