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Town Sergeant John Smith

Foster Police Department, Rhode Island

End of Watch Thursday, June 21, 1832

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Reflections for Town Sergeant John Smith

Town Sergeant Smth, it has been 191 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices that you and too many others have made for us. Thank you for your service.

Chief (Ret) Steven MarshallGeorges Mills, NH

June 21, 2023

Sgt. Smith,
On today, the 190th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Foster.


United States Border Patrol

June 21, 2022

No passage of time can ever erase your service or the sacrifice you made. Rest in peace always.

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

June 21, 2020

Sergeant Smith, MY GOD, when any of us would have been enjoying (or struggling with) retirement, you were still working and it took this animal two blows with an axe to finally kill you. YOU are the epitome of tough and the truest example of hero.

Your murderer was hanged, justice was served, but that did not bring you back. I have no doubts that you are patrolling the streets of Foster to this day, you proved that you will NOT give up.

I pray that your descendants know of your courage and celebrate it and honor you.

God Bless and may your eternal rest be EVER peaceful, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

June 21, 2018

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 21, 2015

First and foremost, I cannot help but be awed by Town Sgt. Smith and the efforts he put forth at the age of 83. To think that I dread working another 10 or so years, into my 60s is almost embarrassing after seeing this.

Secondly, I feel that December 27 is now, in my opinion, a day of celebration in knowing that someone as low as the murderer of Sgt. Smith paid the ultimate price for his crimes.

Town Sgt. Smith, this is the 181st anniversary of a tragic and heinous crime. Someone who was of no use to society as it was, compounded his uselessness by murdering a brave soul such as yourself. You sir, on so many levels, are a true hero.

God Bless and I pray you are resting peacefully, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

June 21, 2014

Gone, but not forgotten.

Sgt. T,. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department

June 21, 2012

A true Hero you were Sir, RIP

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

June 21, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the one hundred and seventy-seventh 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 wenty-seventhas murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya


June 21, 2009

Town Sergeant Smith,
Thank You for your service and sacrifice. YOU are a HERO!!You may have left us but you will never be forgotten...God Bless you... Rest in Peace..

Sister of Officer John P Harris EOW 8/19/1994

April 5, 2008

You are a true hero in every sense of the word and will never be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

June 21, 2007

Town Sergeant Smith, I don’t know if I’ll even make it to 83 and here you were still enforcing the law. I admire your courage and tenacity and mourn your murder. There is little question that you were a remarkable man and I’m sure in the 174 years since your murder, I’m sure the Foster Police Department has worked to maintain such amazing standards within it’s ranks.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

October 2, 2006

Sgt. Smith,
It has taken over 174 years, but you are finally being honored. I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Foster.



August 1, 2006

Rest in peace Brother. May God Bless you and your family.


August 1, 2006

Thank you for your years of service and dedication. May you rest in peace, Sir! You will never be forgotten.

Police Officer

August 1, 2006



July 31, 2006

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