Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Oliver Wendell Smith, Jr.

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Wednesday, February 26, 1997

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Reflections for Officer Oliver Wendell Smith, Jr.

I copied and posted this from the Metropolitan Police of Washington D.C. History FB page. I believe it belongs here. Many who know me are aware of my contribution to MPD's Line of Duty Roll of Honor. I've been asked many times over the yrs why remember our fallen, cant we just move ahead and not dwell on the past ?
This reflection was left on Fallen officer Oliver W Smith's Page and was written by another Officer from another Jurisdiction;
Officer Smith,
I had the pleasure of meeting your wife today. I was called to her residence for an alarm. As I was checking the basement I saw a wall with pictures of you. When I asked your wife about you she immediately teared up. Your son was there and he looks like he has grown up just fine. I would have never thought that I would come across the spouse of a fallen officer but now I have. I want you to rest at ease and know that your family is in good hands in my town. Thank you for your service and for making the ultimate sacrifice. Your truely are a hero in my eyes. Rest at peace my brother officer.
Anonymous Officer
March 6, 2009

a Greatful Private citizen
N/A

August 10, 2019

Oliver was a good friend of mine. We grew up together as young teens. Thank you for your service. You will always be missed. Rest in Heaven. Prayers to your family and I hope they continue to have the strength and courage God has blessed them with.

Mrs. Michelle Nelson

April 12, 2019

Rest in peace Officer Smith.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 2, 2019

Thank you for having the courage to step up and serve. God bless your family and may you find peace in the arms of the Lord.

Mr. J Raymond
Civilian

February 26, 2018

Officer Smith,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the District of Columbia. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

February 26, 2017

I met your father on Saturday. I had the honor of marching beside him from the law officers memorial to the grounds of he Capitol. . What an amazing man!!! God bless your family!

Bobbie Padgett Sea of Blue-DC

January 21, 2015

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

November 24, 2012

Thinking of you and your family, especially your son. May your spirit and name live on through him. Rest In Peace.
God Bless

Lt. Michael D. Gallahan
Metropolitan Police Department, WDC

March 10, 2012

Thinking of you and your wonderful family today,this fifteenth anniversary year of your tragic death. May your spirit continue to soar. Rest In Peace.

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

February 27, 2012

Thanks for your 3 years of services, Wendell.

David

February 25, 2012

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

Officer 11169

February 5, 2012

Thanks for your service my brother in BLUE. As Ann Frank
stated, "I don't think of the misery, but of all the beauty
that remains.

J. Terrell
MPDC (Retired)

April 11, 2011

You are remembered today for your heroism and sacrifice. May your spirit continue to soar. I pray for the solace of all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

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

February 26, 2010

Always remembered & honored 4 his service & his ultimate sacrifice.

Joanie
Mother, daughter, sister & granddau. of LEOs

February 23, 2010

Officer Smith,

I had the pleasure of meeting your wife today. I was called to her residence for an alarm. As I was checking the basement I saw a wall with pictures of you. When I asked your wife about you she immediately teared up. Your son was there and he looks like he has grown up just fine. I would have never thought that I would come across the spouse of a fallen officer but now I have. I want you to rest at ease and know that your family is in good hands in my town. Thank you for your service and for making the ultimate sacrifice. Your truely are a hero in my eyes. Rest at peace my brother officer.

Anonymous Officer

March 6, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 12th 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.

Your parents are wonderful people who do so much to help other survivors. They are in my heart's embrace today.
Rest In Peace, Oliver.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 26, 2009

Thinking of your loved ones today and everyday. I know the daily struggles they face without you and the terrible pain within their hearts. God, wrap your loving arms around them and help them with their grief and let them feel your presence.
Your sacrifice has not been forgotten.

Brenda Lucas
Mother of Chief Anthony D. Lucas, EOW 2-4-2005

February 26, 2009

To Officer Oliver Smith Jr. and and his loved ones:

Please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

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 your family and 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, Officer Smith.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Oliver gave to his community and the citizens of our country, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 26, 1997.

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

Phyllis Loya
mother of Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

October 7, 2008

If there is any solace / good that can be said to have come from this tragic event, cops today can carry his/her weapon even when out of his immediate jurisdiction.

Officer Smith, may You - Rest - In - Peace.

Maj M. B. Parlor
USMC / LAPD

February 26, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE AND DEDICATION TO LAW ENFORCEMENT, YOU ARE A HERO JUST BY THE PROFESSION YOU CHOSE, GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL THOSE THAT LOVE YOU.

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

February 20, 2008

I'm sorry that three cowards that didn't have the guts to face you on duty would commit such an act. I wished I would have been there to help you. By reading your memorial page I am reminded once again that we are not only in danger on duty but off duty as well. Your passing was not in vain. It refreshed my mind about tactical awareness ALL THE TIME. I'll get the honor of meeting you one day. Until then watch over me and the other troops in my beat. God Bless.

A. Young #112
Sansom Park P.D. Texas

December 4, 2007

"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

September 27, 2007

Officer Smith,
10 years have passed and your memory continues in our hearts. Hereos are never forgotten.

I recently met a wonderful husband and wife team at the hospital, comforting another family that recently lost a love one in the line of duty (Officer Wayne Pitt). I later found out that the husband and wife team were your parents. You were bless on earth and now in heaven to have/had wonderful parents. We love them both.

Continue your tour in the Army of the Lord ( I here you are going to be getting promoted to Inspector Angel Smith, congrats.)


God Bless
"B.T."

Officer Billie Davis
Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department-Third District

April 15, 2007

"My Brother"

Although I never met him, I knew him.
He was idealistic and believed he could make a difference.
He was immensely proud of the uniform and the badge and what they represent.
He felt privileged to be of service to his department, his community and to his country.

He was a cop.

Although I never met him, I knew him.
He was friendly, courteous, and polite, yet firm.
He laughed and joked, but was serious when necessary.
He was competent, trained, and professional.

He was a cop.

Although I never met him, I knew him.
He had a strong sense of right and wrong and became
frustrated when true justice became sidetracked.
He felt the sharp criticism that goes with the job, but he
never wavered.
He stood by and for his fellow officers.

He was a cop.

Although I never met him, I knew him.
He longed for his family during the long hours.
He worried about them during his shifts and the lonely
weekends, holidays and midnights when they were apart.
He felt guilty about the lost time, but knew his calling
and prayed they would understand.

He was a cop.

Although I never met him, I knew him.
He was a good son, a loving husband, and a devoted father.
He was dedicated to the profession and cared about the
people he served.
He wanted to do the best job that he could and strived to
be the best he could be.
He was a good citizen and a good neighbor.

He was a cop.

Yes, I did know him.
He was a cop, he was my Brother.

Rest easy Brother Smith, we have the watch...



”I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”
---Isaiah 6:8

You answered the call and made the ultimate sacrifice. Rest easy in God's kingdom and watch over us as we continue the battle here on earth!!!

Officer
MPDC

April 8, 2007

I still remember the last time we talked. We were in court and you were telling me about how you had to arrest the drunken santa claus in Georgetown. That is a story that cannot be topped. You are not forgotten and your family continues to me in my prayers. Class 94-11 "True To The Blue"
Sergeant Brian Herringa

Sergeant Brian L. Herringa
MPDC/Academy Classmate

March 26, 2007

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