Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Isaac Smith

Westchester County Sheriff's Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, May 17, 1792

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Isaac Smith

All these years later yet no passage of time can ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

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

May 17, 2021

Never Forgotten

The Ferrara Family

May 16, 2021

RIP sir; Never to be forgotten.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

August 8, 2020

Your name has now been placed on our monument of all the fallen members of Police Departments in Westchester County N.Y. where you once served and gave your life. Your name is now mentioned at every one of our Memorial and award ceremonies as well. The President of the United states recognized you at the National Police memorial service in DC.
Sorry it took so long for these recognitions.
I'm proud to be serving in the same department as you once did. God Bless!

Deputy Commissioner/Sheriff Joe Yasinski
Westchester County Dept. of Public Safety

August 13, 2015

Deputy smith
I normally come home from work and go right to FB (It's a new crazy thing we use here to keep in touch and sometimes informed). I put the name of any Officer that I have learned of that just fell. Then I put up a list of all the officers that we know that died on that day. Then I start reading the history off all those officers and some of the reflections. I noticed on one of the reflections that you were the first known "officer killed in the line of duty in America". Normally I place the same reflection on everyone's wall, not wanting to show less or more feelings or opinions for anyone Officer. That being said I think you warrant an extra special "Thank you". I might not have known who you were before today but I now will never forget your name Deputy Isaac Smith. May you and all of the Officer that have fallen since you rest in peace. God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 17, 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

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Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 17, 2015

Rest in peace.

Sgt. Jim Russo

May 17, 2015

I knew him well, Good guy gone too soon.

Simon Gunderson

November 17, 2013

Thank you for your service and sacrifice brother. You are not forgotten.

Agent Nathan Anderson #1814
Lakewood Police Department

November 11, 2012

Deputy Smith,

How amazing it is to be able to honor your memory and sacrifice after over 200 years. Know that you will never be forgotten. Thank you for your courage and please watch over those who protect and serve us today.

Rachel Vanetti
Law Enforcement Wife

September 29, 2012

Thanks for your services.


February 25, 2012

The policeman stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my church have you been true?"

The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry a badge
can't always be a saint."

I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at time I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgement of his god.

"Step forward now, policeman,
You've born your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell"


May 1, 2011

Eulogy for a Cop
By Lt. Bob Magaletti WCPD (ret)

When a cop passes he leaves us behind,
He goes to a place far from mankind

He goes to Heaven, God called him there,
He kept his faith and God heard his prayer

There to do as the Lord would command,
He finds himself in the palm of HIS hand

To protect and to serve, is what he was taught,
And he knew at his end, it was not all for naught

But a task by the Lord, is what he is given,
To protect us from evil, to serve us, the living

He will do his best to take up that task,
He would do anything that the Good Lord should ask

While with us he stayed true to his obligation,
For he felt he was called to this chosen vocation

He walked the beat and patrolled the street,
And gave a kind word to those he would meet

He faced danger, and fought it, and usually won,
Everyday that he carried that badge and a gun

Never knowing if he would live or die,
He trusted in HIM, and never asked why

He always hoped to retire, to have that fresh start,
While he still had the strength, and a song in his heart

But when the Lord called, he was ready to go,
He answered to God, who does love him we know

For God does know he is up to the chore,
That he’d give it his all, and then give it some more

And God felt good that He made such a choice,
All His angels did sing and begin to rejoice

Where is it that our cop has gone?
Ah, he is among us now, he still lives on

A Guardian Angel, keeping watch of us all,
He does God’s work now, he answered the call.

Sgt. Stephen Hoey
Westchester County Police DPS (retired)

January 9, 2011

218 years later and we're still here doing a job that not many people would ever think of doing. We got the streets and prison compounds now. Keep welcoming the unfortunate Officers as they arrive.

Floyd Mullens, Sr.
FCI El Reno, Oklahoma

May 17, 2010

I said a little prayer today for Deputy Sheriff Smith and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

May 13, 2009

You are remembered today by a mother of a fallen officer. My son, Larry Lasater died when shot on April 23, 2005 during a foot pursuit of two bank robbers while serving with the Pittsburg, California Police Department.

Deputy Smith, your sacrifice is not forgotten. Rest in Peace. Your memory is honored and revered 217 years after your death and will continue to be. .

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Isaac gave to his community and the citizens of New York, and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on May 17, 1792.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 2, 2009

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

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

May 17, 2008

Deputy Sheriff Smith,
Thank you for your service and sacrifice Sir! You are a HERO.. You will ever be forgottten... Rest in Peace..

Sister of Officer John P Harris EOW 8/19/1994

April 18, 2008

I never new the history of your death nor did I know you were the first. My partner from the same job is the last. I hope for all of us it remains that way. Rest in peace and say hello to my partner Gary.

Det. Joe Yasinski
Westchester County P.D.

February 2, 2008

You are the "first officer killed in the line of duty in America". No one wants to be the first and sadly you are not the last. Hundreds of officers have be lost since. During National Peace Officer's week it is only fitting to remember the first to give his life while wearing a badge. 215 years and still not forgotten.

wife of a Michigan Deputy

May 17, 2007

Deputy Isaac Smith, a man I never knew. Through my searching I found that you are the first documented Officer killed in the line of duty in America. A true "AMERICAN HERO". It is true, you will never be forgotten. I wear a memory band with your name and EOW on it. I feel comfort knowing that not only is our Father-God watching over me, but you are walking by my side as my partner. I will walk the streets of Gold, in Heaven, with you in the future. This is a fact. We must all meet our maker in the end. Thanks for your early service. God Bless!

Officer Paladino, 1765
Colorado Springs Police Department

February 24, 2006

Rest in peace forever.....................

Pennsylvania State Police

February 19, 2004

Deputy Smith, thank you for your service to the citizens of this great country.

Daniel Olivas

December 12, 2003

We will always know who was first. We will never know who is next. Work to honor both each day.


Rest in peace. We serve in your memory.

Inv. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Department

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