Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Howard F. Smith

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, September 13, 1972

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Reflections for Detective Howard F. Smith

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Detective Howard F. Smith of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 74 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

September 13, 2021

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)

September 13, 2020

Rest in peace Detective Smith.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 14, 2019

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Detective Howard F. Smith of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 71 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

September 13, 2018

Howard, you were a dear and respected friend. I was shocked to learn of your ruthless murder. May you rest in peace.

Anonymous
A friend and neighbor.

May 30, 2016

Howard, this world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Howard.

I am saddened to learn that those who were responsible for your death have been paroled after initially being sentenced to death.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Howard gave to his community and the citizens of Ohio, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 13, 1972.

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

Anonymous

March 21, 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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

December 31, 2007

35 years have passed since your tragic and brutal murder. Thank you for your bravery, service and sacrifice. May your friends and family take comfort in knowing that you will NEVER be forgotten and will FOREVER be a hero!

DET SGT, Retired
AR

September 13, 2007

May your family be always reminded of the hero that you were. My your friends, colleagues, and citizens of Cincinnati remember the sacrifice that you made. And may all of us in law enforcement remember you as a brother in arms.

Investigator Joe Willis
Special Prosecution Unit, Texas

July 24, 2006

Detective Smith,
On today, the 33rd anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Cincinnati.

R.I.P.
Anonymous

September 13, 2005

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