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Trooper Herbert James Smith

Arkansas State Police, Arkansas

End of Watch Wednesday, February 14, 2001

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Reflections for Trooper Herbert James Smith

Rest in peace brother.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
NYPD (retired)

February 15, 2018

Rest in Peace my brother, and watch over your family from a better place.

Lieutenant Ray Flores (Ret.)
N.Y.P.D.

February 14, 2017

I knew Herbert well from the ADC, was a great guy to know. Watched him go up through the ranks, and achieve his dream to make it as a Trooper. Missed but not forgotten.

Lt. B...Trainer
Arkansas Dept. of Correction

March 18, 2015

I. just want to personally thank you for saving my life. Shortly before your death you pulled me over for speeding. You yelled at me as you wrote me a ticket. Then I heard what happened to you. My heart goes out to your family with all my gratitude. I don't speed anymore and I continue to drive more safely every time I get behind the wheel. Thank you again.

Karen McLemore
Citizen of Arkansas

February 6, 2013

Trooper Smith,
On today, the 11th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Arkansas. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
U.S. Border Patrol

February 14, 2012

Just thought that I would take a minute to let the family know, that we have not forgotten them. RS

Cpl. Ray Siggers
Arkansas State Police E15

February 14, 2011

You are not forgotten sir. My heat goes out to all who love and miss you.

Constable Amanda Pandolfi #1249
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada

February 14, 2011

Gone but not Forgotten. You are a hero.

Trooper
Arkansas State Police

February 18, 2010

Thanks to your family, and do know we all are carrying on the traditions of the AR State Police.

Lloyd Franklin
AR State Police, Captain Troop E

February 18, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

February 15, 2010

You have been gone for 8 years now and it seems like just yesterday.
You always said you wanted to make an impact. Know that you did; I am a better officer for having known you.
You set a high standard of excellence and I strive everyday to maintain the standard that you required
You are gone but your memory lingers. You will never be forgotten.

Anonymous

July 16, 2009

Forgive me for missing the anniversary of your E.O.W., but I felt as though I could not continue to read about so many tragedies. I now realize the visit each day to leave a word of encouragement and hope to the loved ones of others, helps me to remember that I am not alone with my pain and heartbreak. So may I say to your friends and loved ones that my thoughts and prayers are with them now and always. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol and may they know you will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

February 25, 2009

Herbert you will be missed but not forgotten

Alvernon

Sr Cpl. Alvernon Rogers
Arkansas State Police

February 16, 2009

To Trooper Herbert James Smith, his loved ones, and his fellow officers:

On this the eighth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

My heart is with all family members and friends who call you beloved. They are all in my thoughts and prayers 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 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, Herbert. I am so humbled by your valor and service.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Herbert gave to his community and the citizens of Arkansas, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 14, 2001.

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

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 13, 2009

It's been over ten years and I can still picture your face the first day of troop school. You were one of my roommates and we were all scared to death. I have memories of you that will be with me always. Thank you for the good times we had in troop school. I will always remember your soft smile and your laid back personality. You will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace!

Cornbread
Arkansas State Police

September 25, 2008

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

Officer 11169

May 31, 2008

Trooper Smith you are remembered today and always. Thank you for your service to your community. May God watch over the ones you leave behind.

Jennifer Mayo, sister of
Deputy Hilery Mayo Jr. STPSO Covington, La.

February 14, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

VANDENBERGHE
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
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

November 18, 2007

Unc. You were truly a great influence in my life. Every day that I put on this uniform, I think about you and all of the great advice that you have given to me over the years. It hurts the most when I come during the holidays but the family is still holding strong. You will always be a part of me and I pray that you will still watch over the family.

SK3 (SCW) Tyrone J. Miller
US Navy

July 5, 2007

Uncle Herb you are truly missed!! Again, thank you for being that positive roll model in my life, and setting great examples of being a true man!! I love you and your memory will always be a part of me.

Fred Smith III
Nephew

July 3, 2007

You served with honor and your sacrifice is not forgotten. Rest easy, brother.

trooper
arkansas state police

February 25, 2007

Uncle Herbie you are truly missed. I love you and you will forever be my favorite uncle. You are my hero!! :)

Erica Miller
Niece

January 15, 2007

Brother-in-law we miss and have continually close ranks around your widow, beautiful daughter, and elderly parents.

Chief Of Staff, Eric M. Miller
Jefferson County Juvenile Court

January 9, 2007

Just to let you know I'm thinking of you girls. Someday we'll all be together again. Lord willing, though, I'll see you both again in another year.

Miss Mary

Mary VanHaute

August 6, 2006

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