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Deputy Sheriff Christopher Lynd Smith

Leon County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, November 22, 2014

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Christopher Lynd Smith

IN MEMORY OF DEPUTY SHERIFF CHRISTOPHER SMITH

To the family, friends, and colleagues of Deputy Sheriff Christopher Smith:

From the beginning of time after Cain killed his brother, Abel, there has been a need for law enforcement officers to protect the weak and to bring evildoers to justice. This work is necessary in a sinful world and is dangerous. In modern times, some three deputy sheriffs have sacrificed their lives to protect the citizens of Leon County, Florida. Today, we honor the sacrifice of Deputy Sheriff Christopher Smith, of the Leon County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office; who was shot and killed in the line-of-duty on Saturday, November 22, 2014, from ambush when he responded to reports of a house fire at the end of Caracus Court in Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida.

“Lord God, we are grateful for the life of Deputy Sheriff Christopher Smith. He died serving us. Help us never to forget. Help us celebrate the life of Deputy Sheriff Christopher Smith and honor his sacrifice. Be with the family, friends, and colleagues of this fallen hero. Comfort them and give them your strength. Guide those who seek to take care of the family of this hero. May those empowered to do so, care for them with integrity. In commemorating the death of this hero, help those who mourn to remember that death is not the end. Death does not have the final say, but is simply the transition to the glorious life to come. They should look forward to that life to come with joy and thanksgiving.

As for the citizens of Leon County, Florida, help them to faithfully equip their law enforcement officers with the best tools to protect their county. May their training be adequate to the task. Help the citizens of Leon County, Florida, to remember to pay their law enforcement officers fairly and treat them with respect. Help the citizens of Leon County, Florida, to obey the law and treat each other with dignity so as not to add to the burden of crime and pain to their county.

The time for mourning will soon pass. We have now remembered and celebrated the life lost in this great tragedy. As the family, friends, and colleagues of Deputy Sheriff Christopher Smith go forward, they must celebrate the good things in their lives; and to celebrate life itself!

Finally, Lord God, we pray for the families, friends, and colleagues of all the law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line-of-duty and we thank you for their sacrifices. Bless the lives of their families, friends, and colleagues so they might find healing. Help their law enforcement organizations support the families of these fallen heroes. Even though their deaths might have been senseless, make something good come out of these situations so that their law enforcement organizations and the communities in which they lived and served might be stronger because of their lives and their deaths. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”

Now, Deputy Sheriff Christopher Smith, may the Lord bless you, and keep you: the Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you: the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

In His Service,

Pastor Steven R. Closs
Retired Captain of Police, Nashua NH Police Department
The Prayer Ministry of The Cross

Pastor Steven R. Closs
Retired Captain of Police, Nashua NH Police Department

November 23, 2014

Prayers for your family during your home going. Your dedication, and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Retired Police Officer Bob Lester
Midland Texas Police Department

November 23, 2014

Rest in peace brother

P.O. Ed Marynik, Retired
Milwaukee (WI) Police Department

November 23, 2014

This is just too sad to think about. A good man working for the good of the people. Everyone should NEVER take our law enforcement people for granted. God Bless his family and his soul.

Don Stock

November 23, 2014

My prayers go out to the family of my brother deputy in law enforcement, Deputy Christopher Smith and his family.
Lord may he rest in peace and give his family strength and peace.

Sergeant
gadsden County Sheriff's office

November 23, 2014

Rest in peace brother. We will continue to fight this war of cowards and will see you in Heaven. I have sent a special prayer to God for your family and fellow officers.

P.L. McIver, Chief of Police-Retired
Garner, N.C.

November 23, 2014

May the good lord welcome you with open arms, for you have done your job well.

Chaplain Douglas J. Maykowski
Fraternal Order Of Police Lodge #187 Mt. Clemens Michigan.

November 23, 2014

We are deeply saddened once again for the loss of a selfless soul. Our hearts go out to all who love Deputy Sheriff Smith, we will continue to keep our prayers for comfort and peace, asking Jesus the Great comforter to wrap His loving arms around all.
Thank you Deputy Sheriff Smith for your service and sacrifice. You will NEVER be FORGOTTEN.

family of
Sgt. Howard Stevenson E.O.W 1/9/05

November 23, 2014

REST IN PEACE BROTHER. YOU ARE A TRUE HERO.

Deputy J. Davis
Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office

November 23, 2014

Rest in peace brother, we have the watch now. Thank you for your service, you will not be forgotten. God bless the family, friends, and co-workers of Deputy Smith during this time of tragic and senseless loss.

Sr. Ptlmn/K-9 Hndlr Donnie Meaders
Wewoka (OK) Police Department

November 23, 2014

Rest in peace my brother.

Kamden M. Madden
Public Safety Officer
South Carolina Department of Mental Health-Public Safety

November 23, 2014

Rest In Peace Brother. We'll take it from here.

Ofc C Feldman
Tampa Police Department

November 23, 2014

Praying for your family to be supported during this sad time. May God hold you tight in the coming days and months.

Houston County Sheriffs Office
Retired

November 23, 2014

There is no greater sacrifice. Thank you for your service Deputy Smith. My thoughts go out to the victims that remain. The only comfort I find here is the shooter will fail to appear in court.

Deputy NC
Stanly Co So

November 23, 2014

The 36th Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy sends our deepest and most he artful condolences to the Family, Friends, and Co-workers of Fellow Officers. During this time we hold close to memories and good times shared as a source of comfort. Being ever mindful of the pride they embraced when wearing their uniform.

Sgt. Eric Carpenter
Durham County Sheriff BLET 36

November 23, 2014

I AM A WARRIOR — by Jon F. Hooper

I stand with God. I fight not for glory or fame, for they are momentary.
I fight for those who can’t. I fight for Justice.
I fight for the oppressed and the downtrodden.
And if I should lose my life for these just causes, then I have no regrets, for I serve to protect the innocent.
It matters not where or when, for evil knows no boundaries.
Be it fire, flood, or the threat of tyranny, I will not flee.
Justice is my weapon. Faith is my shield. Hope is my armor.
Cry not at my passing, for it was my honor to fight for you.
Shed not tears of sorrow, but tears of joy:
For now, I stand with God!

Deputy W Nelson
OCCO

November 23, 2014

Thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends. Rest in peace brother.

Sgt. Chris L. Corteville (Ret)
Berrien County Sheriff, St Joseph, Michigan

November 23, 2014

To the family and friends of this fine Deputy please accept my sincere condolences at his tragic passing. May he rest in peace!

Jack Mrozinski - Retired Deputy Sheriff
Portage Co. Sheriff's Department, Stevens Point, WI.

November 23, 2014

On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Deputy Sheriff Christopher Smith and the extended law enforcement family of the Leon County, Florida Sheriff's Office. Rest in Peace brother and watch over us.

I fight not for glory or fame, for they are momentary. I fight for those who can't. I fight for Justice. I fight for the oppressed and the down trodden. And if I should lose my life for these just causes, then I have no regrets, For I serve to protect the innocent. It matters not where or when, for evil knows no boundaries. Be it fire, flood, or the threat of tyranny, I will not flee. Justice is my weapon. Faith is my shield. Hope is my armor. Cry not at my passing, for it was my Honor to fight for you. Shed not tears of sorrow, But tears of joy, for now, I stand with God.

By Jon F. Hooper

"Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends."

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

November 23, 2014

Anytime we loose a fellow officer for any reason is a sad time but to loose one this way is nothing short of a tragedy! Deputy Smith showed the best of what we are, going to an emergency and giving the last full measure of devotion for the community! Deputy Smith you are a true hero and our prayers are with your family! Rest in peace brother...we have the watch!!

Motor Officer Tyler Pride
Tyler Police Department

November 23, 2014

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO! May God
Give the family and friends the strength and faith to deal with this tragic loss. Words can not express my sorrow!

"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 BMI © 1993 - All Rights Reserved

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

November 23, 2014

Well done good and faithful servant! We will take care of your family and carry on the mission from here brother.

Deputy David Charles Osborne
Leon County Sheriff's Office

November 23, 2014

my thoughts & prayers are with the family, friends & coworkers....thank you for your service...RIP Deputy Sheriff Christopher Smith

Val Naugle

November 23, 2014

We are very saddened and sorry for the loss of Deputy Smith. Our hearts and prayers go out to you all.

Darlene Newton
friend of Story County Sheriff's Office

November 23, 2014

This is heart breaking and my condolences to the family and Tallahassee Police Department. Rest in peace Officer Smith. My heart and my prayers go out to all involved in this horrific act of terror! amen.

Margaret Hood (ret'd)
Citizens Watch (ret'd)

November 23, 2014

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