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Deputy Sheriff James F. Smith

Knox County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Tuesday, October 27, 1914

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff James F. Smith

I have always heard that my great grandfather was a police officer in Knox County and that he was killed in the line of duty. His daughter, my grandmother was Amanda. She died when my father was only about six and so the stories of him were absent for both of us. I am great full he is finally being recognized and hope to learn more

Lance Burnett
Great grandson

March 20, 2020

I am just beginning to learn of my mother's ancestry. You would have been her grandfather and my great-grandfather, but you were taken from this world long before my mother was born in 1953. Thank you for your service. I can only hope, that 105 years after your death, I can learn more about your life.

Kristin Reedy

October 1, 2019

Your untimely death was a terrible blow to your young children and forever changed their lives, Especially your young daughter Dora, life goes on and a bright spot emerged when she had her loving family. It has been 103 years, and several generations, time eases the sadness. Family history has indicated the murderers were forgiven for their crime. I am proud to be your granddaughter.

Naomi Smith
Great Granddaughter

February 11, 2017

I am priviled to be the first to leave a reflection for you.
Your heroism and service is honored today, the 98th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank yoou 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
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 27, 2012

Deputy Sheriff Smith,
Sir, it has taken over 97 years but you are finally being honored. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Knox County.


U.S. Border Patrol

January 27, 2012

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