Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Samuel Adam Smith

Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch Friday, July 23, 2010

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Samuel Adam Smith

Thank you for your service and today we take the time to remind you and your family that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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

July 23, 2020

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 30, 2018

Thank you for your service to Kansas. God bless

Special Agent-in-Charge Diane Upchurch
FBI - Little Rock

July 23, 2017

You're never forgotten. Thank you for your service to Arkansans. God bless you and your family.

Special Agent-in-Charge Diane Upchurch
FBI - Little Rock

July 23, 2017

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

Officer 11169

February 4, 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

July 9, 2012

A great brother in blue that has fallen, you're still missed. I regret not getting to know you better and only knowing you in passing. Keep Heaven safe for those of us waiting to get there!

Frank M. Piepho
Cherokee County Sheriff's Office

December 8, 2010

Sam was one of the most dependable people I have ever met. He was a friend to all. He left this world doing what he loved the most; helping others. I love you my brother, please keep looking out for us from above. RIP..

OFC. J Wolsey

November 25, 2010

Life with Sam was never dull or normal. We had some amazing times hanging out together, camping, target practicing, or just doing whatever random thing we did.

I sure miss you man...

Eugene V. Golden

November 24, 2010

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God"
Matthew 5:9
We will take it from here my friend. Rest in Peace.

Deputy Jesse Vega
Franklin County Sheriff's Office

November 14, 2010

To the entire Franklin County SO and family I am so sorry for your lost. Rest assured Deputy Smith died doing something he so much loved. Words cannot express the emptyness when we loose someone we love so much but rest assured Deputy Smith is now working a special beat above and watching over all of us doing what we love. RIP brother we will take it from here.

Deputy Jeremy Trostle
Saline County Sheriff's Office

August 9, 2010



August 8, 2010

May God lay his healing hand upon the family and friends of Deputy Smith and may they know you will never be forgotten. Thank you Deputy Smith for your dedicated service to the people of Kansas and the United States.

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

August 2, 2010

I had the honor of getting to know Sam while in the academy at KLETC. Sam had achieved his dream of becoming a deputy and was loving every minute of it. Sam had a way of bringing smiles to the faces of everyone around him. It was a pleasure to know him.

To Sam's family, friends and the Franklin County SO, I send my deepest condolences. I hope that you can find strength in those around you and in memories of him.

Sam you will not be forgotten. God speed brother. We'll take the watch from here.

Officer Heather Pate
Bonner Springs Police Dept

July 31, 2010

Rest easy my Brother In Law, your watch on earth is now over. God's love and mercy be with your Family, and loved ones now that your gone.......

Sgt. John L. Gulledge (Ret.)
Escambia CO Sheriff's Office Pensacola FL.

July 31, 2010

R.I.P Young Man.....The citizens of Franklin County and the State of Kansas thank you for your Service.

Jacob Mackler
Shawnee County Sheriffs Office

July 31, 2010

RIP Deputy Smith.

Ofc. Ben Micheel

July 30, 2010

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"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 whose 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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Department, Columbia, SC

July 30, 2010

rest in peace

L Lawrukiewicz
Meade Co. Sheriffs dept

July 30, 2010

God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain; but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and light for the way.

Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of US Marshal

July 30, 2010

Rest easy brother.

Michigan State Police

July 29, 2010

God Bless the family and friends of Deputy Smith. May the Department heal inspite of this untimely death of their hero. Deputy Smith gave his life trying to be sure someone else was safe. Another American hero gone too soon.

Mom of CO Springs Officer
Colorado Springs Police Department

July 29, 2010

Rest in peace brother... Thank you for your service.


July 29, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with those friends and family memebers that are left behind and cannot follow. Rest in peace my brother in blue...we will take it from here.

PFC Adam F Laser
Westminster City Police Department

July 29, 2010

My heartfelt condolences go out to Deputy Smith's friends, family, and co-workers. A life cut too short. Thank you for your service. You will be missed.


July 29, 2010

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