Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant James K. Smith

Iowa State Patrol, Iowa

End of Watch Friday, April 9, 2021

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Reflections for Sergeant James K. Smith

I am so sorry to learn of the grievous loss of Sgt. James Smith when he was killed in the line of duty. To the Smith family, fellow officers, and all who call James beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support. I hope that you continue to receive that same kind of support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Sgt. Smith gave to his community and the residents of Iowa and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on April 9, 2021

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

May 1, 2021

RIP Sergeant Smith. Sincere condolences to his family and fellow colleagues for their tragic loss. Thank you for your service. Salute and Respect from the South African Police Service

Constable. Tessa Le Roux
South African Police Service

April 22, 2021

The true measure of a person
is not found in the
might of their arm,
their wealth
or their power –
it is found in the strength
of their character.

There is no greater testimony to
ones character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.
Author Unknown

Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

April 20, 2021

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

Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

April 19, 2021

To the family of Sargent Smith. May you find comfort in the Great Lord above. You are in our thoughts and prayers. I pray that the Lord will hold you in his arms. Where you will find peace and Love.
I am the daughter of an officer killed in line of duty. My husband is an officer and my son is a police Sargent. May God be with you during this time and forever. Heroes Never Forgotten.

Cindy Read Survivor
Blue Blood Family Ft. Worth, Tx.

April 19, 2021

One of the most powerful proclamations of the Gospel at any police funeral I've attended. My prayer is that others will come to know the same Savior that our brother did. Looking forward to seeing him in heaven when my time comes.
In Christ Alone,
Police Det. M.C. Williams (Ret)
Police Chaplain
The Centurion Law Enforcement Ministry

Det. Michael Williams (Ret.)
Elizabeth PD, CO

April 19, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers during this difficult time. Your service and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Thomas H. Kelly Jr.
Assistant Supervisory Air Marshal in Charge (ASAC)
New York Field Office
Federal Air Marshal Service

April 19, 2021

RIP my friend, you are in the arms of God. Until we meet again.

Officer Brian Brinkema #624
University Heights, Iowa

April 18, 2021

The true measure of a person
is not found in the
might of their arm,
their wealth
or their power –
it is found in the strength
of their character.

There is no greater testimony to
ones character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.
Author Unknown

CBP Officer(retired), Luis R Otero
DHS/Bureau Of Customs And Border Protection

April 18, 2021

Thank you for your service.

SPC. Higgins
U.S. Army

April 18, 2021

Rest in peace brother. Thank you for your service. God's speed sir.

Lieutenant John C. Moore
Wisconsin State Conservation Warden & State Trooper (Retired)

April 17, 2021

I would like to offer my condolences to the family, friends, and coworkers of Sgt. Smith. I am so sorry for your loss. Sgt. Smith’s service and sacrifice will be remembered. I will be praying for you.

Deborah C.
Wife, Mother, Aunt of LEOs
Maryland

April 16, 2021

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Sergeant Smith. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Iowa State Patrol.

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

April 16, 2021

Rest in Peace Brother.

Ret Len Widener
Connecticut State Police

April 15, 2021

Thank you for your many years of service and ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. May you rest in peace and may your family be cared for by those still serving and the community at-large. God bless you all.

Jay Thompson
Former U.S. Probation Officer, Fairfield, Iowa

April 15, 2021

Very sad. Rest in peace brother.

Former Corporal Brian Sullivan
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

April 15, 2021

God speed. Rest In Peace brother.

Sgt. (Retired) Wm Locke
Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office

April 15, 2021

I am so very sorry, Sergeant James K. Smith -

Thank you for your ultimate service and sacrifice. You are a hero and my prayers go out to your family, the Department, Community and Friends. May God reward you richly in His Kingdom.

Thank you and God Bless you,
Kim

Kim Durham
Davis Police Department - Daughter

April 14, 2021

God Bless Sergeant Smith, co-workers and family.

Jim Hill
Concerned Citizen

April 14, 2021

We will remember.

Miss Eleanore Trupkiewicz
Civilian Supporter of Law Enforcement

April 14, 2021

May you rest in peace brother.

Officer Sean O'Neill
Des Moines Police Department

April 14, 2021

Thank you for your service and sacrifice Sgt Smith. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and to the Iowa State Patrol. May you continue your watch from the streets of heaven.

Tonya LaFarr
Law Enforcement Supporter, Iowa

April 14, 2021

Sergeant Smith, there is much evil in this world and you put your life in danger each and every day of your dedicated selfless service that your community may live in safety. Your reward in heaven will be abundant. May God immerse you and your loved ones in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa
Civilian

April 14, 2021

Godspeed Jim. Its been an honer working with you and having you as a friend. You made our little corner of the world a better place.



"Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another."

Steve Vine supervising correctional offi
Buchanan County Sheriffs Office

April 13, 2021

May the Lord provide solace, understanding and peace in this time of grieving. You are a hero and will never be forgotten.

Mr Paul Gutierrez
God Bless you and your family Sergeant Smith

April 13, 2021

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