Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Shawn Antonio Smiley

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Saturday, November 3, 2012

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Reflections for Police Officer Shawn Antonio Smiley

Rest in peace Officer Smiley.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 27, 2021

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

November 3, 2020

I met Shawn on the bus in our sixth grade year in Savannah. I don't know what made me remember his name all these years later, but I just looked him up. I never knew he became a man with such a noble profession, and I'm saddened to learn of his passing. Rest peacefully Shawn.

Jeff Babcock
School Friend

January 6, 2019

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 17, 2018

I enjoyed working with Officer Smiley. He was a good man. He was always focused on getting on the air unit (phoenix) from the begining of when he joined the zone. He knew EXACLY what he wanted to do. He was able to accomplish his goal in joining Phoenix. Off Smiley was very intelligent and passionate. I remember he was on a traiffic stop off 75nb and he asked for me on surviellance channel. I was always honored that he looked to me for help on his calls and I was always there when he needed me. I remember being on the side of Marietta blvd once with Smiley and a passing motorist struck him. The next thing I know Smiley is pounding on the hood of the car screaming at the driver. He hulked out. We laughed about it later. I remember being on a robbery call with Smiley off Northside Circle. Off Smiley was always very articule with citizens and he gave very good advise to the victim on that call. I have many memories of working with off Smiley on MW in zone 2. I remember attending officer Smiley's funeral. That was a tough day. Officer Smiley was a good man... above all he was a family man. He loved his family more than anything. He will be missed...

Officer Stoddard zone 2 ATLANTA POLICE DEPT

Ronald Stoddard

July 10, 2016

Shawn, I had the privilege of meeting and becoming your mother's friend this past weekend. She spoke of you with such love and pride. She raised you to be a very honorable man who served both his country in the military and his community as a police officer. You will be forever missed and loved by those that called you beloved, and forever honored by those that respect your service and sacrifice. I pray for solace for all your loved ones, especially your mom.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

October 28, 2013

I did not get the opportunity to meet Officer Smiley personally but I am from the community where the accident occurred and will never forget that night. I was only minutes away from passing through the intersection before the crash. The lights on our street went black. We were devastated to learn there were fatalities involving officers serving our community, particularly officers who were searching for a little boy to bring him to safety. Signs of that night still remain as each time I pass the site I see teddy bears and other memorial items reminding us of the tragedy. As founder of a program that gives annually to first responders in remembrance of September 11th for our community I am sincerely grateful to those who put their lives at risk each day to serve us. You are a hero. Thank you for your courage. My prayers, thoughts and love go out to your family. R.I.P Officer Smiley. We will never forget your service in SW Atlanta.

Audraine Jackson, Founder
9/11 First Responders Appreciation Program

January 7, 2013

As we start a new year(2013), your service and sacrifice will always be remembered.
Rest in Peace my Brother.

To my active duty Brothers and Sisters, PLEASE STAY SAFE!

Master Senior Investigator Cardell L. Dobbins #188 (Ret.)
Illinois Secretary of State Department of Police District 01, Region 01

January 1, 2013

It's not a day that goes by that I don't think about you. Before I goto work, I look at your picture on my table everyday before I leave home. I miss looking in the next patrol car or in my passenger seat seeing you when we patrolled together. I miss all the 911 calls we answered together. I miss all the jokes and stories we use to share. I cherish the last conversation we had before your accident everyday. We had so much respect for each other. I made a promise to look after your kids and wife and YES, I will keep that promise. Until we meet again my brother, I will never EVER forget you my friend.

My Poem I recited at your service:

Officer Smiley was a FRIEND, a BROTHER and a MAN.

A FRIEND – is someone that you respect and trust and in return they respect and trust you.

A BROTHER – is a male who is related to you through your parents or a friend that treats and loves you like a sibling.

A MAN – is an adult male that is distinguished from a boy.

And Officer Smiley was all of these.

When I needed my FRIEND,
He was always there for me.
My BROTHER never hesitated to come when I called
Because that’s the type of MAN he was.
My FRIEND and I had a lot in common,
For 1, we both wore the same blue uniform.
My BROTHER and I loved enforcing traffic
In the City of Atlanta on Morning Watch.
This MAN and I laughed together, answered calls together,
Even when we were hungry, we sat down and ate with each other.
See, my FRIEND had goals out of life and
One goal he accomplished was to FLY.
Whenever I was at work feeling down my BROTHER encouraged me,
When I had my first daughter my BROTHER was there to support me.
This MAN inspired me when he was promoted to the Air Unit.
He always told me to interview for what I want, the worst they can say is NO.
See, my FRIEND and I spoke with each other several minutes before his last 9-1-1 call.
And I have to say Mrs. Smiley and to the Smiley family, My BROTHER was in a GREAT mood.
I wish I would have told this MAN I loved him before he got off the phone
But down deep inside, I think this MAN knew how I felt.
See, I don’t want my FRIEND to be just another number
I don’t even want my BROTHER to be forgotten.
I want everyone to remember Officer Smiley as
A Father, A Husband, A FRIEND, A BROTHER, and A MAN.

R.I.P. Officer Shawn Smiley :-)

Officer Michael Lencrerot Jr.
Atlanta Police Department

December 28, 2012

Rest in peace and thank you for your service

John Latour

December 26, 2012



December 18, 2012

Son, not a day has passed since you left your earthly body to be with our Lord and Savior that I have not cried. Oh how I miss you; it hurts so bad but I find peace knowing you have your eternal wings. Terra, T-Bug, Love Bud, WD-40 and I will see you when we get there.

Your mother
Living in my heart

December 13, 2012

Smiley, not a day goes by where I don't think of you. There's so much I wish I could say to you now. You were a blessing from God to everyone who knew you. I wish I had taken the time to see that when you were here. I missed out on some good moments, but I know that I also shared some and for that I thank God. I thank God that I knew you and worked with you and know that I will never forget you. I'll be looking for you in Heaven one day. What a celebration that will be. Until then, you are always in my heart and your family is always in my prayers. Godspeed Brother

Officer S. Chiang
Atlanta Police Department

December 7, 2012

Little did you know that morning, God would call you name. In life you were loved dearly and in death it is the same. My sincere condolences to your wife and children, and to your parents and coworkers. RIP Officer Smiley

Robina Browne
Mother of Dep Sheriff D. Browne-Sanchez E.O.W 2/10/2007, Honolulu, HI

November 25, 2012

Officer Smiley,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served in the USN. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

November 25, 2012

His Judgment Day:
The officer stood and faced his God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shinning, Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, Officer, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek To my church have you been true?"
The officer squared his shoulder and said, "No, Lord, I guess I aint, Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was rough, And sometimes I've been violent Because the streets are tough.
But I never took a penny That wasn't mine to keep.. Though I worked a lot of overtime, when the bills got too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept an unmanly tear.
I know I don't deserve a place among the people here. They never wanted me around except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, it needn't be so grand. I never expected or had too much, But if you don't...I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne, where the saints often trod. As the officer waited quietly for the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, Officer. You've borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on heaven's streets, You've done your time in hell"

Author unknown

May God be with everyone

Motor Officer Terry Pauley
Plano PD Plano, Texas

November 19, 2012

God rest your soul Sir. May your family be forever watched over and blessed. May your friends and colleagues be at peace. We'll see you again Sir.
Please watch over us from on high. Thank you for your service. I will never forget your sacrifice or the sacrifice of your family.

Surviving Daughter of Special Agent J. Robert Porter
Federal Bureau of Investigation
E.O.W. 8/9/79

November 14, 2012

We honor your service to your community as a law enforcement officer and you will always be remembered and revered. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of our entire family, I wish to extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Shawn was lkilled. May his loved ones continue to be supported by their law enforcement family and other police survivors. Our family grieves with you and for you. To his family, you are in my heart's embrace today.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinguished service Officer Shawn Smiley and Officer Richard Halford gave to their community and the citizens of Georgia, and the supreme sacrifice they and thier families made on November 3, 2012.

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

November 12, 2012

Rest in Peace Police Officer Shawn Smiley. My thoughts and prayers go out to you, your family, and your department at this time. Thank you for your service to this country and your community.

Sgt. Reuben C. Black
Barnwell Police Dept., Barnwell, SC

November 12, 2012

My heart is full. Words cannot express the loss. Rest in Peace Officer Smiley. Onthe wings of love.

Citizen of the World

November 11, 2012

Thank you for your service to our Nation! God bless your family and friends and fellow officers! You will be remembered.

Edd Hancock
Ga. Dept. of Transportation

November 11, 2012

Rest In Peace Officer Smiley. We will continue the fight and never forget the ultimate sacrifice you made to keep those on your watch safe.

Officer C. Martin, Jr. #3136
Dekalb County GA Police Dept.
(Former Chattanooga, TN P.D. 1998-2011)

November 11, 2012

Rest In Peace Officers Smiley and Halford. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Atlanta Police Department.

Wm Jean-Paul Rochat
Swiss Army, MP Service, Trafic Unit

November 10, 2012

Rest in peace my brother for you are a true hero. May God wrap his arms around your family and fellow Officers in this sad time. Thank you for your service.

Trooper Scott Wernecke #958
Washington State Patrol

November 9, 2012

Rest in peace Brother. Thank you for your brave service to keep all of us safe. I am sad that you ended up paying the ultimate price while performing a most dangerous job. I pray for comfort for your family, fellow officers and friends...God Bless You.

Ed S.
Grateful Citizen

November 9, 2012

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