Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Samuel F. Smith

Crawford County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Friday, March 2, 2001

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Samuel F. Smith

It Has been 20 years today. I still miss you.

Daughter of the other Deputy that he was helping that day

March 2, 2021

God bless him and his family.

David Matthews
Former Crawford Deputy

March 3, 2018

Sam worked with my Dad, Capt. Leon "Red" Brown. He was one of his best friends and such a wonderful guy!! Sam loved taking care of those in our county and was a fantastic K9 officer! I grew up knowing him and remember the day my mom called to tell me he had the heart attack. It was such a sad day for all who knew Sam, especially those who loved him and served with him. He will always be remembered and missed! I know he's up there looking down over us, smiling and playing with Lux, his first K9 Partner who went 10-7 before Sam. We love you Sam!!

Denise Edwards
Friend of Family

May 12, 2012

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

Officer 11169

March 24, 2012

I cannot believe that it has been ten years. When someone mentions your name around the office we all just smile and remember you Sam. Rest in peace 303. we have the watch, 320 makes sure of that.

Dep J. Prue #333

March 3, 2011

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

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

March 2, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones, friends and fellow officers during this time of remembrance. 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

March 3, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 8th 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.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 2, 2009



March 2, 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

December 23, 2007

Sam I remember years ago when I was in my teens my father and I did not see eye to eye on one particular occassion and you gave me a ride back home to pick up my personal property. You told me that every thing would work itself out in the end and it did. Well Sam I am 33 years of age and now I am a Federal Law Enforecment Officer I have come along ways from my troubled teen years. Sam I just want to say thanks for the ride and leadership that you provided a young man one hot summers day may you rest in peace brother.

Officer Shane Pate
Federal Bureau of Prisons

October 23, 2007

Today marks the 6th anniversary of your death and I just wanted to say Thank you for serving and protecting. Rest in peace, Sir.

Shirley Roberts
Aunt of Fallen Hero John Logan EOW-3-14-04

March 2, 2007

May you have sweet sleep and may Our Lord continue to comfort and strengthen your loved ones.

March 2, 2007


I just found this site and I know you are in God's hands you do remember all those days at FVHS, and later seeing each other on various cases. Thank you for going to help your fellow officer. May the Lord place his hand around your family, we will always miss you but I know you are in one of those many mansions our lord has for us.




jimmy yancey, ret.
Ret.from Fvpd,pcso,DNR(LE),

April 28, 2006

We talk of you often and miss you dearly. Terry is strong and you would be proud of her. We are. We love you and miss you very much.
P/S Terry you are one of the strongest people I know. Keep Sam's flame burning.

Tamela Walker
Crawford County Sheriff's Office

June 21, 2004

Sleep well fallen brother and watch over the rest of us...your sacrifice will never be forgotten!

May God bless you all. Deputy Smith is a hero to us all.a

Shannon Yates

On behalf of the Georgia Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), we thank Deputy Samuel Smith for his service to his community, state and nation. It if because of our law enforcement officer's devotion to protect our freedom and safety that sometimes requires them to pay the ultimate sacrifice. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and co-workers. Thank you Deputy Smith for your love of duty.

Roger D. Parker, President
Concerns of Police Survivors, GA. Chapter

Sam, you are surely missed by all.

Lt. Kenny M. Cameron
Peach County Sheriff's Office

Family and friends, we are so very sorry for your loss.

Cathy Hill, Widow
Deputy Barrett Hill
e.o.w. 12/4/00

Cathy Hill, Widow

Rest easy, Deputy Smith. Your fellow officers have the watch now. I pray that God will comfort your family and friends.

To Deputy Smith family and friends our hearts and prayers go out to you.

God Bless you

Terry Miyares
Officer Emilio Miyares
Hialeah PD, FL

terry miyares
Hialeah Police Dept, (SOUTH FLORIDA COPS)

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