Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer William E. Smith

Denver Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Thursday, January 23, 1975

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Reflections for Police Officer William E. Smith

Smitty, your service in dedication to the Marine Corps, your Country, and your local police force is admirable. You always stepped forth in support in times of need. You are an exemplary man and Marine. Hopefully there will continue to be men to equal your American spirit.
You will be missed in our country, God bless you and America. Arthur Lochridge, MD

Lt Arthur Lochridge
VMO 3 Flight Surgeon, 1966

January 23, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Smith.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 23, 2020

Only days after my first assignment to District 1, out of the Academy, while standing Roll Call, the call came out of a shooting (officer down). The Station emptied in a flash with me following my training officer. I have only a vague recollection of the small darkish bar and the narrow set of two doors to enter. I knew Bill to the extent that he was always friendly and would greet you even though you were a raw rookie. He really was well liked and a very squared-away individual. Years later as a Chief of Police in another State I would always stress to my personnel the need to stop and let your eyes adjust before you entered a lighted area from the dark. I'll always remember Bill Smith.

Frank Winters
Denver Police Dept. (1974) District 1 Car 107

May 14, 2019

RIP Brother.

Officer Paul Davis
Denver Police Department

January 24, 2014

The young officer with Smith was Mark Frias. Very tragic.

Detective Dennis Chavez
Denver Police Department

January 24, 2013

Rest in Peace, Officer Smith. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 25, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 37th 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.

Time never dimishes respect, and your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. I hold your family in my heart's embrace today.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 23, 2012

Officer Smith - Four Fridays ago, I stood in the State Assembly chambers when you name was one of almost 250 read off during a motion regarding this month's Peace Officer Memorial Week - you are not forgotten.

Thank you for your service to the people of the City of Denver and the State of Colorado. May God grant you eternal rest and may His perpetual light shine upon you.

Chief K. Moreland (Ret. Sgt.)
Palmer Lake, CO PD (Ret. LAPD)

May 14, 2010

Met him thru some friends and spent a few times together. Just remember the fews times we all got together at an apartment complex where he and a friend of mine lived. How I found out was when I met an old girlfriend of his at a club and she told me what happened.


May 20, 2008


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

January 15, 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

September 24, 2007

I was Bill’s partner in North Denver, until I was transferred to Vice Drug control Bureau in January 1975 Bill was the a very intelligent, inspiring individual it was an honor working with him, when ever there was action he was always the first one in. Bill was single when he died, DPD was his family. To this day I regret not being at his side the night he died.

Detectie Sergeant Joe Garcia (retired)
DPD Partner 1973-1975

March 2, 2007

Even though I did not know Police Officer Smith personally I was honored to represent the Denver Police Department's Reserve Unit at Police Officer Smith's funeral. It hit me hard and help make me a better reserve officer.

R. Clark
Reserve Officer
DPD Serial 90-177

Reserve Officer
Denver Police Department

January 3, 2007

Rest in peace brother.

Police Officer
Denver Police Department

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