Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Daniel Aaron Smith

Winchester Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Friday, May 31, 1996

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Reflections for Sergeant Daniel Aaron Smith

Sgt. Daniel Smith was a professional and dedicated public servant. He died during a time of administrators discrediting his experienced law enforcement in favor of younger, merit based law enforcement. His death was partly due to pressure put upon him to assist in traffic ticket quota instead of patrolling.

Michael Judge
Former Dispatcher, Winchester TN Police Department

November 12, 2021

Sgt. Smith,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Winchester. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

May 31, 2021

I’m not sure on what ,or how to say anything. Regardless I hear stories and memories of joy and happiness that you spread amoungst not only family but the community. I never got the pleasure to actually know you papa. I was only two and have no memories of you. with everything being said; I hope that one day I can meet and talk to you. Not as a baby that you remember but as a man you never got to see me grow into. now memaw is there with you after many years of waiting. I miss her so much but I’m so glad that she can see the man she loved forever and always never swaying her loyalty to you even after 20+ years of your passing. I hope y’all are swell and happy. You both deserve it! One day I wanna see y’all both!! Not soon but soon enough just gotta wait a lil while and watch over everyone till the time has come. When that day comes I wanna learn everything I can about you papa, and see memaw with her soul mate happy and smiling. I love you both! Just wait papa you’ll get to meet me one day. ~ Logan Ps. Take care of memaw the way I took care of her. She needs you.

Logan Walls

August 20, 2018

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

May 31, 2015

I was thinking of you today. I was thinking about how more people should be just a little bit of the person you were. I miss you everyday.

Lisa Henley

November 20, 2012

Sergeant Smith is my Grandfather. He was one of the greatest men I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and I only dream of being half the man he was. It is because of him that I joined the military and became a military police officer. I miss you Grandpa and love you so very much.

SSgt Thomas Smith
US Air Force

July 6, 2011

It is an honor to work for the same Dept. that Sgt. Smith worked for. There never a day goes by that I dont see or hear your name. You will always be missed by the people of the Winchester Police Dept. Thank you for your service. Rest in Peace 254


April 5, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 13th 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. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya


May 31, 2009

Thank-you for your service. Rest in Peace.

Lt. Stephen A. Joy #980
Prince George's County Police Department

January 12, 2009

Sgt. Smith, I had the privelege of meeting your son last night. He was involved in a car crash I was sent to investigate. You did well my brother, you raised a good man who in turn has raised a wonderful family. That grandson of yours is a pistol. I think he wants to be as good of a police officer as his GRAND DADDY was. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO THIS COUNTRY AND YOUR COMMUNITY.

Trooper J. Fox
Alabama State Troopers

January 7, 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
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 30, 2008

God bless your family!!

September 3, 2006

May you continue your peaceful rest and may you also continue watching over all of us.

Cpl. Egendoerfer
Mishawaka PD

May 31, 2006

Sgt. Smith was an excellent police officer. He is sadly missed by his family and friends, as well as the Winchester Police Department.


March 25, 2006

My prayers are with you, your family, and your Department


May 7, 2004

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