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Trooper Robert G. Smith

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, July 26, 1997

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Reflections for Trooper Robert G. Smith

Hey Robbie, today makes 26 years since that fateful day. I still remember what I was doing when the initial call went out and sinking feeling in the pit stomach when you didn’t respond on the radio. That mustang was driving seemed like it wasn’t moving fast enough and even though got to the scene within minutes it felt like an eternity. I remember jumping the median wall and being confronted with an inferno. I did everything to try to get to you but just felt so helpless. I’m sorry Robbie for not being able to do more. May God have you in his glory and may He always bless your family. I know you have always been an angel for your kids and family even while you were here among us. God bless you today and always! Rest easy my brother!!

Juan Parrilla Trooper

July 26, 2023

I used to workout with Robbie at Miami Dade South during the off season. I was a pitcher with the NY METS and Robbie was with the Twins. Great guy, sorely missed.

Ed Lynch
Major League Baseball

November 5, 2022

Robbie, I remember you from our Criminal Justice classes at LSU. You were always fun to be around and especially your humor when hanging out in the Quad. Thank you for your service and RIP, you will always be remembered.

Chief Inspector Brent Ballard-Retired
US Marshals Service

July 27, 2022

Trooper 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 the state of Florida. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 26, 2022

I was a FHP DISPATCHER AT TROOP E. when this tragedy happened. Every time Officer Smith stopped by the station he made it a point to stop in the communication room to say hi.

Former Duty Officer J. Roth
Troop E Dade County

February 12, 2022

Rest in peace Trooper Smith. I recently visited your sacred grave at Woodlawn Park South across from the grave of Detective Robert Zore.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 25, 2021

I thank you Trooper Robert G. Smith for your service to mankind in combating drunk drivers. You are a credit to Law Enforcement period.

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

January 1, 2021

I wasn’t born until after you had passed but hearing about you as I grew up from our family always stuck with me. I wish I could have met you and heard your baseball stories and Trooper ones. You’re part of the reason I’ve wanted to become an officer. Thank you Uncle Robbie.

Family Member

February 23, 2020

I served with Robbie as one of his comm FHP duty officer's he was sharp, very good sense of humor just a great guy.

Communication duty officer Ryan McIntyre
Florida highway patrol Duty Officer

December 30, 2019

Trooper Smith,
On today, the 22nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Florida. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

July 26, 2019

Rest in peace Trooper Smith.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 26, 2019

Hi Dad,
I wanted to tell you about a workout we are dedicating to you. In CrossFit, there are WODs in memory of our heros. Todd and I created this one for you.
19 Min. AMRAP
26 Wallball Shots (20/14)
14 Power Cleans (135/85)
6 Burpee Box Jumps (30/24)
8 Power Snatches (135/85)


May 16, 2019

Rest in peace Trooper Smith. A real honorable hero of integrity and dignity.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 6, 2019

I saw the notice in today's Miami Herald remembering the anniversary of his on-duty death. I want his family to know that I still remember Trooper Smith because he had stopped by my traffic stops several times when I was conducting traffic stops on I-75 usually on my way home. I was with the Miami-Dade Police Department for 30 years, now retired, but have never forgotten Trooper Smith just checking that another officer was ok instead of just driving by...what a stand-up nice guy! I also remember the shock when I heard of his death at hands of drunk driver-but know he saved many lives by his DUI enforcement over the years. I will never forget him & honor his memory with his family today!

Retired Captain Martha Singleton
Miami Dade Police Department (retired)

July 26, 2016

Trooper Robert Smith,
I write this 18 years after that terrible night. I remember driving onto the scene moments after that car slammed into the back of your car and till this day I cannot believe what I saw. I did testify at the trial of the person who did this and my understanding is that he was convicted of his crimes. As a result of that day I began attending mass and became a Knight of Columbus. I pray that you rest in peace and feel gratitude that someone like you is watching over us from heaven.

Robert Zucco

January 14, 2015

Robbie - typing this as tears are running down my face. Miss you so much. I think about you all of the time. I smile when I remember you telling me that I was having twins before I even knew I was having twins!! I just cant believe that I was not there behind you that night - always backed up each other up back and forth but I headed in early as I wasnt feeling well - just so hard to accept - my boys Tyler and Cole know all about you and I told them about your twins as well! My "babies" are now almost 16 yrs old - Tyler is 6'3" and Cole is 6'1" and they have size 13 and 14 feet - not too little at all!!! I miss you. I miss that job. You will never be forgotten - always in my thoughs and prayers.

Jackie Schlumbohm

November 24, 2013

Robbie I still think about you every day, I can't believe you left us 16 years ago. I will always love you and remember you xo


July 26, 2013

Went over your bridge for the first time Robert. A fitting tribute! Best wishes from the UK x

David Marsh

January 24, 2013

Continue to rest in peace Troooper Smith, we will never forget the sacrifice that you and your entire family made for all of us...

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

July 26, 2012

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

Officer 11169

February 9, 2012

I was visiting in Miami this past weekend and noticed the sign/name on the bridge as we were heading to Bayside. It caught my eye because I work for Robert G. Smith, CPA in Cary, NC. I took a picture of the sign on our next trip across the bridge and then researched the name when we returned home. I am so very sorry for your loss, sounds like he was a great man who was loved by many.

Again, so very sorry for your loss.

Becca Smith

Becca Smith
Robert G. (Bob) Smith, CPA

September 27, 2011

I can not express in words how terrible this news is to me. Robbie and I were friend at a very young age. I remember all the neighborhood kids playing in front of the Smiths house with the whole Smith family like it was yesturday. I give my regards to Robbies Mom, Dad, Danny, Robin, and especially little Amy.
God bless you all.

Jimmy Espada
Childhood FRIEND

August 8, 2011

I lived behind the Smiths while we were growing up in Cutler Ridge (Cutler Bay), on Haitian. I was very sorry to hear of Robbie's passing. I give my regards to all in the Smith Family for their loss, but especially to Dan and Robin, his siblings.

Matthew Powers

August 5, 2011

Just thinking of you today on your birthday


April 23, 2011

Merry Christmas Robert...You might be gone, but you are not forgotten.


December 25, 2010

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