Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Richard W. Smith, Jr.

Albuquerque Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Thursday, August 18, 2005

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Reflections for Police Officer Richard W. Smith, Jr.

Thank you for your service and rest in peace always knowing that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 18, 2020

Well Rick, it's going to be 15 years since you left this Earth. Really miss our conversations, also miss you on your motorcycle, when you thought that was the way to travel! Those patrol cars are much better though. You had a unique insight into the job, and the toll it takes. I remember hearing that Brianne got a job at APD ... hope she's really doing well. Then again, I'm sure she is. Coming back to the job, was really a brave thing. I know you thought it was just to help out but... It really was a brave thing to do. God bless you man.

Steven Smith

August 17, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Smith.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 16, 2018

Still think about you regularly 14 years after an expired registration and $13 in unpaid fines caused our paths to cross. Wish I'd spent the ride out west talking to you more instead of just being angry at the situation. But the words we did share gave me a really good idea of who you were. Definitely someone I would want on my side. Then a few months later I was sitting on the couch watching tv a few houses up the street when I heard the shots, and the sirens. Then I saw your picture in the Journal and my heart just sank. I'm thankful I got to know you just a little bit on that 30 min ride out west in the back of your squad car 14 years ago. I had a few before and a few after, but thats the only one I've never had any regrets about. RIP Officer Smith, you are not forgotten.

A kid who made a few bad choices

August 4, 2018

Rest easy my brother. You and your partner have paid the price, and all of us are greatful for your service as well. Keep on the watch for your family, and all your members of your department.

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

August 18, 2017

Rest in peace Officers Smith and King.

Steve Van Slyke, retired K9 Handler
El Cajon Police Department

August 18, 2017

I was younger when you where with us, We have a picture of you on our wall of a bunch of APD officers and my family when my older brother Jacob had cancer, and you all escorted us the airport for his make a wish trip. Thank you and we will NEVER FORGET you.

Brandon Maez, Supporter of APD
Son of an APD officer

October 27, 2015

Rest in peace brother, you served well.

Sergeant Barton
Garden City PD

August 18, 2015

We still have a picture of all of the guys and you when we where escorted to the ABQ SunPort when my older brother had cancer. We all miss you, God Bless.

Police Officers Son Brandon Maez

May 29, 2015

This broke my heart, Officer Smith,Officer King thank you for all your years of service and returning after retirement, it is tragic your lives were taken in such a manner that didn't have to happen. All the victims I hope your families know that you all are still with them everyday, even though they can't see you your there, I hope it gives them some peace.

Wife of a DOD Police Officer

November 29, 2013

I just watched a show on ID about you, your partner and three civilians getting killed. It was heartbreaking - what a shame - it was your last call of the night. I cried along with the two wives and the father of the young 17 year old man. Rest in peace and thank you for returning to service to keep our streets safe.

Law Enforcement Civilian

March 12, 2013

I also cried my eyes out...God Bless these two Heroes; esp. considering this could have been avoided. When that Monster went to Hospital-why did no one see/listen to him?
It brought back memories in a situation very close to me.
My only sibling wasn't feeling quite right and went to his Doctor and told him he really wanted to be admitted ASAP. The Doctor denied his desperate request and my brother promptly walked to a highway overpass, jumped and took his own life. In another instance, years ago, my best friend's Mother was mistakenly released from a Mental Health facility and went to the home where her 3 children were living and stabbed my best friend's younger brother to death. Mental Illness is soaring and it still sits as nothing but a stigma.


March 12, 2013

Thank you for your service. I just watched a show about you and your partner. I cried as much as your family did. Enjoy your time on the golden highway sir. God speed!!!!!

ross county ohio deputy sheriff

January 27, 2013

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

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

January 27, 2013

The sad thing about the death of Richard and Mike is that they both had retired and then returned to the department after spending 22 years on.Bill Middleton

Bill Middleton
Retired APD

December 24, 2012

Its been seven years that's really hard to believe. I didn't get to know you as well as Mike but you made waiting at court easier. Thanks for making me laugh so hard I cried (even caught cranky ol' Barnhart's attention). You are missed, a hero, dearly missed.

S. Gold

August 18, 2012

To my brother Rick or Ricky as we called him your sacrifice made 7 years ago on august 18th is still fresh in our hearts and your memories always linger with us everyday. I lost a great brother and friend that day. You will never be forgotten. What a hero you are. We love and miss you

Becky meek

August 18, 2012

Today is 05/28/2012, Memorial Day, and while we remember those soldiers who have fallen while protecting our freedoms I remember my friend who gave his life for the preservation of these freedoms. The sacrifice is great and will never be forgotten as along as there are people who never take for granted what it means to be free and one nation under God. Rest in peace my friend.

Retired Police Officer Tom Perea
Albuquerque Police Dept. Albuquerque, New Mexico

May 28, 2012

RIP Brother..You are in God's Hands now..God Bless !!

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Retired Sergeant..Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

November 29, 2011


Your name and memory will live forever. God bless you my brother in blue.

Lt. Mark Garcia
Albuquerque Police Department

September 1, 2011

Rich, miss you out on the San Juan. Your not forgotten buddy!!!

Sgt. Montano

September 14, 2010

To Officer Richard W. Smith Jr, his family and his fellow officers with the Albuguerque Police Department:

Our heartfelt thoughts are with you on the anniversary of Officer Smith’s tragic death and we honor him for his valor and sacrifice to the community. Rest in Peace, Officer Smith and thank you for your service.

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc
Members and Staff

August 18, 2009

I was thinking about you and Mike today.

Thanks for all those years making my neighborhood safer, and giving me advice at the 7-11 on Yale over coffee.

Kim Rowland
just a friend

May 5, 2009

Thinking of you and your family today! Thank you sir for your sacrifice.

Jennifer Mayo, sister of
Deputy Hilery A. Mayo Jr. STPSO La. E.O.W 6/9/07

August 18, 2008

Remembering you with a smile and prayer for your loved ones and co-workers.

Gallup, NM


August 18, 2008

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