Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Verdell Smith, Sr

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, June 4, 2016

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Reflections for Sergeant Verdell Smith, Sr

Thank you for your service to our country.

SDS retired Mark Mccormack
NYPD

June 4, 2019

Rest in peace Sergeant Smith.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 25, 2019

May his soul forever rest in Heaven. He will never be forgotten.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired.
New York State Police

January 10, 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

August 30, 2018

Big dawg I still can't believe you're not here anymore. I remember when I was fresh off of my training phase and we rode together down in 122's ward how much fun we had and even after that just coming to talk to you on the desk just to hear your words of wisdom for the day. You really had an impact on me and you are part of the reason I'm the officer I am today. You are missed big dawg, going up to the front of the precinct before my shift isn't even the same anymore because you're not there but I get to see your picture and I know you're still with us at the North precinct. You'll always be missed and never forgotten.

Police Officer B Tate
Memphis Police Department

June 22, 2017

Rest in peace sarge, you did the ultimate and will be remembered as a hero.

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

June 4, 2017

Rip Officer Smith

Deputy Mike Dixon
Shelby County Sheriff's Office

November 20, 2016

Officer Verdell Smith will be bless by Jesus for his acts of valor in his attempts to save innocent life. Officer Verdell Smith, you will never ever be forgotten.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police

July 18, 2016

Rest in peace brother and thank you for your service. As you join our brothers and sisters in the hall of heroes, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Vires et Honorem

Frank J Kapusta
Moahwk Police Department

July 2, 2016

God's peace and speed Officer Smith. Thank you for your many years of brave, dedicated service. RIP Brother.

P/O R. Popelka #7903
Chicago Police Dept.

June 27, 2016

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

June 21, 2016

Rest in Peace, Police Officer Verdell Smith. Thank you for your service to this country and your community. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and your department at this time.

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

June 21, 2016

You are a true hero. Continue to keep watch over all of your loved ones and those still out on patrol. You will never be forgotten.

Robert W. Gordon
Father of Fallen Officer Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

June 17, 2016

On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Police Officer Verdell Smith and the extended law enforcement family of the of the Memphis, Tennessee Police Department.

End of Watch: Wednesday, June 4, 2016

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

June 17, 2016

To the family of Police Officer Verdell Smith, friends, Interim Director Michael Rallings and the Memphis Police Department.
You are lifted up in thoughts and prayers. May God comfort and hold you close now and always. Thank you for your service. John 13:15 / Matthew 5:9

Patrolman A.S. Batson
Cherry / O'Berry Police Department, NC

June 16, 2016

Rest in Peace my Brother in " Servir et protéger".
Players out for all of your family, friends and co-workers.

2° Sgt Esio Bianchini
Polícia Militar do Paraná - Brasil

June 16, 2016

RIP Officer Smith. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and your department. Godspeed.

Senior Deputy Sheriff Dave Zajac
Walton County Sheriff Office GA

June 16, 2016

Rest In Peace Brother.

Det. Randy Evans
Kansas City Missouri Police Department
Son of Patrolman Robert Wayne Evans
E.O.W 10/14/1971
HEROES LIVE FOREVER

June 16, 2016

I am so sorry for your loss.

Jacqueline Rebel survivor
Arizona Department of Public Safety

June 15, 2016

A real "Hero" taken.
You helped make this world a safer place to live.
May God grant you eternal peace.
Prayers to your loved ones and to your department.

Det. Billy Russo (Ret.)
Nassau County, NY Police Department

June 15, 2016

RIP Brother.Thank you & God Bless.

Lt.Robert M.Petty (ret)
No.Bergen, N.J. P.D.

June 15, 2016

God bless you my brother. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. May His healing hand touch your family, friends, and fellow officers. Rest easy my brother, we'll take the watch from here.

Trooper Steve Olson
Michigan State Police

June 13, 2016

Rest in eternal peace, brother, for we have the watch now. Your family and your brothers and sisters in uniform, our brothers and sisters, too, are in our thoughts and prayers. May they find comfort in remembrances of your dedication and service.

Deputy Warden Patricia Powers
Philadelphia Department of Prisons

June 13, 2016

Looks like Memphis is being picked on again .
My Family sends Condolences to Verdell's Family, Friends, Community, & Country.
May the God of Peace, Comfort, & Protection be near you ...
Thank you Verdell for your Brave & Unselfish Service .
RIP Verdell, Son of Valor, with Honor.
Gone from Our Arms ... Forever in Our Hearts ...

Ms. Karen Morgan, PSY. LE. GRAD.
EAGLES WING BAPTIST CHURCH, SD

June 13, 2016

God Bless brother. We have your family in our prayers.

Deputy Bennett
Snohomish County Sheriff

June 13, 2016

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