Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Air Interdiction Agent Robert F. Smith

United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - Air and Marine Operations, U.S. Government

End of Watch Tuesday, May 22, 2007

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Reflections for Air Interdiction Agent Robert F. Smith

Rest in peace Air Interdiction Officer Smith.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 24, 2021

Will never forget you dear Robert, and all the others who have given their lives in service to our country . May you rest in Gods Peace.....

Jeannie calvit

May 28, 2018

Thank you for your service.

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

May 22, 2017

Rest in Peace Agent Robert F. Smith. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens and borders of the United States of America. I also wish to Thank You for your Military Service.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and the men and women who now serve..


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

May 22, 2016

May 9, 2016
While searching the Internet I accidentally found photos of Robert & myself. I never knew the photos existed. It was 1989 50th Anniversary of Gone With The Wind. We were at Turner Broadcasting System (We did meet Ted Turner.... I have the photos to prove it.) Out of 8,000 plus Rhett Butler and Scarlett OHara look a likes nationwide we got first place finalists. We were paired up to shoot the library scene screen test and be partners for a week of events. We had makeup artists,costume designers, producers, walking & acting coaches. The newspapers, tv news stations, AP swarming us for a week. We ended the whirlwind week by going to the GWTW ball together. After that we never spoke again. We didn't have the luxury of social media to keep in touch. I thought he might get a kick out of seeing old photos of him as Rhett.
I am sorry of his passing. He was a polite gentleman.

Susan Grimes Timbert RN
Atlanta Georgia - Scarlett O'Hara

May 9, 2016

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

May 22, 2015

RIP my dear friend ……..

Jeannie Michelle Calvit

May 22, 2014

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

May 22, 2013

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

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

February 7, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 5th 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.

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

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

May 22, 2012

To his family, my sincere condolences. There aren't words to express how much I thought of him. He was simply the best.

I met Bob in Puerto Rico when we were both stationed in Puerto Rico. He was like a big brother and one of my best buddies. I drove him to the airport when he left Puerto Rico for his transfer to El Paso. At the airport he wouldn't say goodbye, just "until we meet again."

I hope so Bob.

No matter how much time passes, I'll never stop missing you.

GS Caroline Richardson
DHS HSI El Paso, Texas

May 21, 2012

Bob was a great guy. We had a lot of fun together in Puerto Rico. He stood beside me at my wedding. He will be missed.


September 9, 2009

To Air Interdiction Agent Robert Smith, his family and his fellow officers with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security:

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

Wives Behind The Badge, Ince
Members and Staff

May 22, 2009

On today, the 2nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just as a LEO, but also when you served in the USN as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



May 22, 2009

"Please Always Think Of Me"
A year ago I left your world not by choice you see
I Love you all so very much please always think of me
I'm way up here above the clouds my spirit is alive
I wanted to stay a little longer GOD took me by surprise
He said He had a plan for me much bigger and brighter things
He gave me something Gold and White called Guardian Angel Wings
I wear them very proudly GOD made them just for me
I'll always take good care of you please always think of me

Detective Randy Raulston
El Paso County Sheriff's Office

May 29, 2008

Agent Smith your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Hands now. May you rest in peace.

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

May 29, 2008

Smitty was a true brother to all. He moved easily in all the circles of our brotherhood: especially athletically and socially. (I'm not so sure about academically, but I at least we graduated!)

His life after Penn State was presaged for me in several conversations I remember having with him: He talked about treating people right, whoever they are; and about living life now while being ready for heaven later. I wasn't surprised to read in his obituary about his speaking engagements for Full Gospel Business Men's meetings in recent years. It also mentions he "was active in his Christian faith since his conversion in 1979." I saw the early evidence of that when we were fraternity brothers together in 1980-81.

May God bless those you have left behind, Smitty, with grace and mercy in the midst of a great loss.

"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." ~ Psalm 116:15

In the Bond,
Bernie Beall
Delta Chi Fraternity, Penn State '81

Bernie Beall
College Fraternity Brother

May 15, 2008

Our dearest Bobby it has been an extrememly hard year for the family since you have been gone. We have faced numerous obstacles and are just trying to get thru them without your help and guidance as you were our voice of reason, our knight in shining armour and our shining star. Our lives will never be the same with out you and I want to world to know how extremely proud of you we all are. There will be a hole in my heart forever. I love you! and I miss you
Your cousin Pam

Pamela Jacobs
my cousin

March 25, 2008

Agent Robert Smith's (Bobby) was a lifelong friend and acquaintance. His dad and I were college fraternity brothers. My son Todd was born a year after Bobby and we would meet often.

The Harrisburg, PA community was shocked and saddened by Bobby's death. We think of Bobby often and I was overjoyed to be made aware of this tribute page for him.

My wife, son and I often think of Bobby and his untimely death. We are heartened by the fact that he is in a better place with his Lord.

Stan Singer

US Army 1955-1957
Friend of Bob and his father,Robert

March 19, 2008

I come to the ODMP often to remember my late fiancé Dennis. Everytime I come here it breaks my heart to know that yet another officer has fallen and that yet another family has to live their lives without the man they loved. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Agent Smith, especially to his wife. Know that you are not alone in the "journey" that you walk. Should you ever need anything please don't hesitate to contact me. The Davis Co. Sheriff's Office in Iowa will always know how to reach me. You will be in my thoughts.

From reading the reflections left for Robert, he sounds like he was a great man with a beautiful spirit. Those of you who knew him in life were so blessed to have been able to share in it. I hope that you will all continue to find a way to celebrate and remember Robert's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that Robert's life was about so much more than the way he died. Robert will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Agent Smith, thank you for helping to make this world a little safer for us all. YOU will not be forgotten. Please continue to watch over all of us as only you can. If you happen to bump into my late fiancé Dennis up there give him a big hug for me and the kids. It's been almost five years but we still miss him terribly.

Wishing you brighter and better days,

Jocelyne :)

"Forever Remembering 26-3"

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Surviving Fiancee of Deputy Dennis R. McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

December 24, 2007

"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

November 12, 2007

For Agent Smith's Family-
I received my Police Times in the mail today and saw the picture of Robert-what a wonderful picture & what a beautiful smile. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Please know that I am holding you close in my heart as I have walked the path you are on-
Sending my love

Richie Grant
Widow of Deputy David Grant/EOW/5/31/04
Tuolumne Co. Sheriff's dept.
Sonora, Ca.

October 19, 2007

My heartfelt condolences to Robert's widow and his mother. I knew Robert in Pensacola, and we kept in touch until 3-4 years ago. I just emailed three weeks ago, not knowing of his death months earlier. I sent him a picture of "the Bayou Boathouse". His old place had somehow escaped destruction in Hurricane Ivan.
The words "think outside the box" have become cliche', but they describe Robert pretty well. Robert was a fountain of original ideas. I heard a rumor that at one point Robert won a screen test to play Rhett Butler. He did not get the role. But like Rhett Butler, Robert thought for himself and he was not a blind follower.
Something Robert told me years ago prompted me to be a Red Cross blood donor. I received my 4 gallon pin in the mail two days ago.
May your spirit keep flying!

- Pete Signor, San Jose, CA

Peter Signor
former Navy

September 26, 2007

Bob was an incredibly caring and giving individual.

From the minute I met him in college at Penn State, he treated me as his brother. We enjoyed college life and had a great time, but somehow, he It made sense that Bob spent his whole life protecting others. Every time he showed up at my door in the years after college, knocking the secret knock that I had forgotten, he greeted me with his huge smile and the undying allegiance to his oath of Brotherhood that, without him in my life, I would have disregarded as trivial. He always went out of his way if he had flown in and landed even remotely nearby. He always made the effort. As he left, he would always leave a gift for me and my wife, send me a book, or call me out of the blue to tell me of a new special diet that he read about for the health of my dog. I always hung up the phone amazed that there were people as good as Bob in the world.

He lived in a truly genuine way. He didn't know how to fake life. He lived it fully and as we grew to be closer, he shared with me that his faith in God and Jesus Christ gave his life the absolute foundation that he had always searched for. Recently, he called me and told me that he had found new joy and real meaning in being a father and husband. He loved his new family more than anything and I could hear a different tone in his voice. He had found something special.

If anyone from Bob's family should read this, they should know how much Bob spoke of his family and how dearly he loved you.

Each time that Bob visited, he would recite a Robert Service poem that came to mean a lot to he and I. It may have been appropriate and inspirational in many ways as Bob rushed through his life, but I truly believe that Bob may have rewritten a verse or two on the end for the next time he visited, of the love he had for his wife and family, and the fulfillment of his spirit by God's Grace. He had found his way.

This poem will mean even more to me now, as I reflect on Bob and how important each moment is with people who are truly part of me. Bob, rest in God's peace.

The Men That Don't Fit In

There's a race of men that don't fit in,
A race that can't stay still;
So they break the hearts of kith and kin,
And they roam the world at will.
They range the field and they rove the flood,
And they climb the mountain's crest;
Theirs is the curse of the gypsy blood,
And they don't know how to rest.

If they just went straight they might go far;
They are strong and brave and true;
But they're always tired of the things that are,
And they want the strange and new.
They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
What a deep mark I would make!"
So they chop and change, and each fresh move
Is only a fresh mistake.

And each forgets, as he strips and runs
With a brilliant, fitful pace,
It's the steady, quiet, plodding ones
Who win in the lifelong race.
And each forgets that his youth has fled,
Forgets that his prime is past,
Till he stands one day, with a hope that's dead,
In the glare of the truth at last.

He has failed, he has failed; he has missed his chance;
He has just done things by half.
Life's been a jolly good joke on him,
And now is the time to laugh.
Ha, ha! He is one of the Legion Lost;
He was never meant to win;
He's a rolling stone, and it's bred in the bone;
He's a man who won't fit in.

Jay Jung
Fraternity Brother and Friend

September 15, 2007

Your brothers and sisters in the law enforcement community are thinking of you and will continue to do so. Thank you so very much for your over 15 years of service to our profession.

We send our blessings and prayers to your family. May you find the peace that you are well deserved.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of my department,

Officer Matthew Lewek
Menomonee Falls (WI) Police Department

July 19, 2007

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