Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff William H. Smith

Baldwin County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch Sunday, June 6, 2021

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff William H. Smith

I would like to offer my condolences to the family and friends of Deputy Smith. I am sorry for your loss. Deputy Smith was a true hero and lived a life of service. I will be praying for your comfort and peace.

Deborah C.
Wife, Mother, Aunt of LEOs
Maryland

June 16, 2021

My heart goes out to the family, both blood and blue, after this sudden loss. May you be in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for your service, dedication and ultimate sacrifice to the citizens of the community. RIP.

Officer Theodore Bedell
Jefferson Police Department GA

June 16, 2021

Although I never met you, several of my friends know you and talk highly about you. RIP Brother, praying for your family and the Baldwin County Sheriffs Office.

Inv Sgt Chris Vinson
Sylacauga PD

June 15, 2021

Rest in peace Deputy Smith, 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 painful loss.

Donnie Meaders
Okemah (OK) Police Department (Retired)

June 14, 2021

Rest in Peace my Brother in Arms

Anrae G Godley-Cooper
U.S. Army Military Police

June 14, 2021

R.I.P Deputy Sheriff Bill Smith

Brian Molyneaux
Citizen

June 14, 2021

The National Police Wives Association would like to extend their heartfelt prayers to the family of Deputy Smith and the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office during this time. Thank you, Deputy Smith, for your service.

National Police Wives Association

June 14, 2021

Rest In Peace Deputy Sheriff Smith. May God Bless and comfort your Family & Department in the days, weeks, Months, to come.

Former 911 Dispatcher S. Wilson
Prattville Police Department, AL

June 14, 2021

On behalf of Alabama Concerns of Police Survivors, we offer our heart felt condolences for your family.

Cindy Hatcher
President of the Alabama chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors

June 14, 2021

Thank you Deputy Smith for your service and sacrifice to the people of Alabama, it will never be forgotten. My deepest heartfelt condolences and prayers to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office. God bless you brother and may you forever Rest in Peace.

Sergeant Craig Danielson
West Fargo Police Department
West Fargo, ND

June 12, 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)

June 12, 2021

Deputy Smith,

Thank you for your sacrifice for our nation. May you be with the Lord and may he be with your family.

Det. Russ Cain
Pittsburgh PD

June 12, 2021

Bill you were an absolutely amazing officer. not only did you save a life but you showed what a police officer would do to save others in the face of danger. people in the cities of Mobile AL, Pensacola FL, and around the world miss you and have noticed what you did to save another person's life. Rest in peace

ALEJANDRO KING
citizen of pensacola

June 11, 2021

Rest In Peace brother. Your courage and service will not be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and department during this tragic time. Matthew 5:9

Lieutenant Don Barton
Garden City PD, MI

June 11, 2021

Officer Sheriff, you are a true hero, putting your life in danger so that another life may live. Your reward in heaven will be abundant. May our good Lord immerse you and your loved ones in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa
Civilian

June 10, 2021

Rest in Peace Deputy Smith. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with the Smith Family and the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office.

Cpl. Gary Hughes (Retired)
Passaic County Sheriff's Office New Jersey

June 9, 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

June 9, 2021

Hero never forgotten. Prayers to family blood and blue.

BLR
Retired Texas dispatcher

June 9, 2021

On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate families of Deputy Sheriff William H. Smith and the extended law enforcement family of the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office, Alabama.


End of Watch Friday, June 6, 2021.


Rest in Peace brother and watch over us. We will protect and serve from here on in your honor.

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."

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

June 9, 2021

On behalf of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office in Klamath Falls Oregon, we send our sincerest sympathy in the recent loss of your Deputy, William H. Smith, from trying to save 3 distressed swimmers. It is always a huge loss when a fellow Deputy succumbs from a water accident. His bravery and courage to protect and serve your community has not gone unnoticed. Our Prayers and Thoughts to the other Deputy that was also trying to help Deputy Smith and the 3 swimmers for a safe a speedy recovery.

Sheriff Chris Kaber
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

June 9, 2021

Requiescat in Pacem

Sergeants Mike O'Connor
Branford CT PD

June 9, 2021

Condolences to the family, friends and fellow Officers from Blue Knights NC II

Chaplain Blue Knights NC II Frank Spear
Blue Knights NC II

June 8, 2021

RIP my friend. See you the next time around.

Chief Nick Bowles
Anniston PD/Friend

June 8, 2021

Deputy Smith did not attempt a rescue. He saved a man’s life. His partner also rescued the victim she swam to.

CPT Tony Nolfe
Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office

June 8, 2021

A true hero. Thank you Deputy Smith for your lifetime of service. Godspeed sir.

Investigator Kris Nelsen (retired)
Bishop, California Police Department

June 8, 2021

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