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Patrolman Edgar Claude Smith

Salinas Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, April 1, 1945

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Reflections for Patrolman Edgar Claude Smith

Grandfather, today as always you are loved and remembered, especially on this Holy Easter Day.
Knowing you are present in the Glory of our Lord is a salve to our grieving hearts.

Tammy Carter

March 31, 2024

79 years, Father. I have not forgotten and never will.

Eddie Smith Taylor

March 31, 2024

Grandfather, you are not forgotten, and in fact still deeply loved and admired by your beautiful daughter and by me, the granddaughter you never got to know.

Your service and integrity are a testimony to the significance of righteous living and sacrifice, to all of us, and to families who lose someone in the line of duty.

Tammy Carter

July 22, 2023

You are remembered always, Father.
I love you. Eddie Smith Taylor, daughter

eddie l. smith taylor daughter

April 10, 2023

I remember, Father. I love you. Your daughter, Eddie

Eddie L. Taylor

April 17, 2022

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

February 26, 2022

Semper Fi motorman. You are not forgotten. May God Bless you and your family. May you Rest In Peace knowing we care and thank you for your service. Ride the thunder with pride. You are still with us motorman..

State Traffic Officer 7185 Mike Becze
California Highway Patrol & US Marine

March 31, 2021

My name EDDY M SMITH, the son of EMERSON NB SMITH, from Bristow, OK. I never got to meet my uncle EDGAR but i heard lots of stories growing up from my dad. R.I.P. UNCLE EDGAR.

Nephew Eddy Smith
Nephew of Edgar Smith

December 25, 2020

My name EDDY M SMITH, the son of EMERSON NB SMITH, from Bristow, OK. I never got to meet my uncle EDGAR but i heard lots of stories growing up from my dad. R.I.P. UNCLE EDGAR.

Eddy M. Smith nephew
Nephew of Edgar Smith

December 25, 2020

Rest in peace Patrolman Smith.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 12, 2020

Patrolman Smith,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Salinas. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 1, 2020

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 22, 2018

You began a legacy of service you never lived to see. Your brother Earl Smith, fighting overseas at the time of your death, became a police officer shortly after returning from WWII. His decision, without doubt influenced by your own, as well as his admiration for you as his older brother. Earl unfortunately passed in 1997.

Your legacy did not end there, however. Two of your nephews, both son's of your brother Earl, also became police officers. They still serve today. I am one of the two and have recently entered my 24th year of service with my department. My younger brother, a couple years behind me in service time, is the Chief of Police at another Oklahoma department. You were killed before either of us had a chance to meet you.

Though your watch was cut brief, your duty has obviously not been neglected. With honor and great pride, we three stepped forward continuing the service you so selflessly gave your life for. It's a family thing, both blood and blue.

Thank you for your service and the honor it has bestowed upon our family. Patrolman Smith, rest easy sir, your family has the watch.

*In the last 24 years as an officer I have endured additional line of duty deaths, including good friend. I have knelt with their widows as they wept. I have looked into the tear filled eyes of their young children, unable to find words to comfort either.

If you were brought here as a result of your own loss, please understand that while I may not know you or have known the officer taken from you, my heart aches for you both. I am so truly sorry. Know that your loved one and their sacrifice will never be forgotten, that they are honored daily as I head to shift with a moment of reflection. They mattered. They still do.

To my fellow officers, stay forever safe.

Sgt. Chuck Smith
Glenpool Police Department

September 16, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

April 1, 2018

Rest in peace, Father. I have not forgotten you.

Eddie L Smith Taylor

April 8, 2012

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

Officer 11169

January 21, 2012

Patrolman Smith will always be a part of the Salinas Police Departments family and will never be forgotten. Rest in peace.

Commander Dino Bardoni (retired)
Salinas Police Department , CA

January 13, 2012

66 years, Father. I remember you every day. Be at rest.

Eddie L. Smith Taylor

April 23, 2011

You were the uncle I never got to know personally but your brothers and sisters keep your memory alive in our family. God bless.

Joyce Bowen

February 7, 2011

Memorial Day, Father
Your uniform was just another color while you were a warrior for the people of Salinas. You are not forgotten today as we give thanks to all fallen defenders for their sacrifice.

Eddie L. Smith Taylor
Daughter of Edgar C. Smith

May 31, 2010

Sixty-five years. I have not forgotten you, Father. I know you are in His loving hands.

Eddie Smith Taylor

April 3, 2010

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

April 1, 2010

At age 70, I appreciate all the more Salinas PD honoring my Father as a Fallen Officer. The respect shown my Mother (His widow) by officers upon discovering the oversight was a source of pride for her until her death in April 2007, at age 89. For that, I thank each and every person involved in the making of a lasting memorial. While I may never see it myself, I know it is there and it gives me comfort. Thank you. Eddie L. Smith Taylor

Eddie L. Smith Taylor
Daughter of Edgar C. Smith

November 15, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 64th 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

April 1, 2009


Pat Van Den Berghe

April 9, 2008

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