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Police Officer Charles Ashley Smith

Cobb County School District Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Monday, September 27, 2021

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Reflections for Police Officer Charles Ashley Smith

Rest in peace Chuck, I remember when I first met you working security at Main Event and we were recording video of car break-ins and for some reason they wouldn't play on any device to be used as evidence so I started bringing my laptop in so I could convert them to a playable format for you guys to have as evidence, and all them times that you tried to recruit me,I wish now I would have tried out for Cobb police I would have gotten to work alongside you a lot more than I did. I sure did enjoy working with you on them weekends, thank you again for your many years of service it was such a tragedy to find out that covid had claimed another first responder, I pray that your family has peace and comfort.

Stephen Fletcher

February 11, 2024

Officer Smith,
On today, the 2nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 28, 2023

I am here at National Police Week & I cannot begin to explain the sheer amount of love & support that is here in your honor. What an amazing testament to the man and law enforcement professional that you were. You are so loved and so missed. I will be keeping you & your family on my heart and mind and we continue through the week & I will be my very best to “love like Chuck”.
Rest easy friend.

Officer L. Valverde #403
Richland PD / Concerns of Police Survivors

May 12, 2022

"Sir Chsarles",

It goes without saying, you were/are, the reflection of integrity, honesty, ethics. This was how you lived, worked and presented your life to anyone who knew you. You were what most men and fathers strived to work toward. You paid the ultimate price to serve others in your profession and no one will have doubted that you gave 100% till the end. We will carry your torch from here but it will be just slightly lighter with your absence, we will do our best. You are missed.

John McCraw
Friend/Cobb County Police Department,(ret)/ Cobb County School Police

February 7, 2022

Officer 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

February 6, 2022

As I knew him, Detective Chuck Smith worked a part-time job at Parkway Pointe. He was always positive, professional, and willing to help out whenever necessary. Back when I investigated the entering autos in the area, and he helped me obtain hours of video with Detective R. Smith during a hectic season.

Like others have said, he was one of the fittest officers in our department and encouraged others to keep up their fitness. He positively impacted others, more so than even he realized. His legacy will live on with us for many years to come.

Sergeant J.L. Piper
Cobb County Police Department

February 4, 2022

I had to privilege of working with Chuck for many years with the Cobb County Police Dept. He was always a positive influence on so many officers. I got to know him on a personal level working an extra job for a few years. He will be missed and was a shining example of what a police officer should be!

Officer - Retired Mike Sigman
Cobb County Police Sept

February 4, 2022

I had known Chuck as an Officer with the Cobb County Police Department but had not really worked with him before. Chuck worked with me in the Auto Theft Unit and he did such an outstanding job and later I asked him to come to IA and work for me again. He was one of the most devoted family man that I ever met. He valued every minute with his wonderful wife and children. He was no doubt one of the most dedicated and devoted people to his family and his job that I have ever met. Chuck , you will be missed by many but your family will be blessed in this world due to your values that you gave them to follow. Thanks for your service and your commitment.

Retired Sgt B. B. Gordon
Cobb County Police Department

February 4, 2022

As an officer and a person, Chuck was the best. He always had a good attitude and acted in a professional manner. I was fortunate to have known him and will always remember his smile and positive outlook.

Sergeant R.J. Peluso (retired)
Cobb County Police Department

February 4, 2022

Chuck was a great man. I am better for having known him.

Sgt. Jackson
Cobb County PD

February 3, 2022

I first met Chuck in 1996 when I was an intern with Cobb County Police. He always had that same smile on his face and was such a great person. I began my career in 2000 and had the pleasure to work with him on a part time he ran just a few years ago. We would always meet up during the shift and just talk about life. He loved his wife and family and would always improve my mood just being around him. Chuck, you are missed here at the department and hard to believe you are not around. Rest easy

Sgt. E. M. Shinholster
Cobb County Police

February 3, 2022

This officer like his picture was always smiling and had a awesome demeanor. He was someone you wanted to strive to be. He stayed as one of the most fit individuals of our department.

Detective J Harder
Cobb County Police Department

February 3, 2022

I thank God for the opportunity to work with such a dedicated officer. I still have a hard time coming to grips that you are not here. You are missed my brother. "His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord." (Matthew 25:21 NKJV).

James Bryant - SRO
Cobb County School District

February 2, 2022

I thank God for the opportunity to work with such a dedicated officer. I still have a hard time coming to grips that you are not here. Your are missed my brother. "His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord."

James Bryant
Cobb County School District

February 2, 2022

Chuck was one of the best officers I've ever met and had the honor of working with for many years at the Cobb County Police Department and most recently with the Cobb County School Police. Always at the top of the department in physical fitness and always ready and willing to do whatever the job called for. We at CCSDPD were glad to have him when he retired from CCPD to come work with us at the School Police. He has a great family with his wife Kim, son Connor, and daughter Kaylee along with his family in blue. He was taken way too soon. Pray for his family as they move forward with their lives. We at the PD have a large void that can never be filled with his passing. As such we have retired his unit number of 6941. Rest in Peace Chuck. You served your country in the Army and this community well. We take comfort in knowing that you are still on the streets but they are now made of gold for you in heaven.

Sgt. Tom Arnold
Cobb County School District Police Department
Retired Cobb County Police Department

February 2, 2022

Most merciful God, You hold each of us dear to Your heart. Hold all our nation’s law enforcement officers and their families, who are afflicted or affected by the COVID-19 Virus, in Your loving arms and tenderly draw them into Your life, together with all others who are living with the COVID-19 Virus. Assure them that they are not alone, and give them courage and faith for all that is to come. Strengthen those who care for them and treat them, and guide those who do research. Forgive those who have judged harshly, and enlighten those who live in prejudice or fear. Nourish those who have lost sight of You, and heal the spirits of those who are broken. We pray this in the mighty and holy name of Jesus Christ, who suffered and died, and then rose from the dead to lead us into new life, now and forever. In Christ Jesus, I pray. Amen.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons (children) of God.” [Matthew 5:9]

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, DDiv, MSBS, NCCA
Ordained/Licensed/Certified Independent Christian Clergy
Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Services
Merrimack, NH 03054

Captain Steven R. Closs (Ret.)
Nashua NH Police Department

February 1, 2022

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