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Corporal Betty Dunn Smothers

Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Thursday, January 7, 1993

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Reflections for Corporal Betty Dunn Smothers

May God and St. Michael watch over you in Heaven, Corporal Dunn Smothers. You are not forgotten.

Patrolman Kenneth Collins
South Amherst Police Department

January 8, 2024

I worked with Betty Smothers for a good bit of our careers with BRPD. She was an awesome person with a wonderful sense of humor. Doing a difficult job in a very challenging environment never kept us from having moments of laughter. Everything she did was with the intent of providing a better life for her children. She was a good police officer and an awesome mother. The world is a darker place with Betty not in it. I miss you Betty.

Sergeant Bruce L. Pearson
Retired from BRPD and LA DPS / State Capitol Detail

January 7, 2024

Wow,I was just on face book when I came across a story about your oldest son.was call the inspirational story of Warrick Dunn,I cannot thank you enough for the job you have done with your family, and many of 14 years of dedicated polce service , the efforts providing first responded services to the citizens of your community as a police officer.You are in great hands right now with our father GOD ,you've done an excellent job,may one day when I cross over we can meet together God Bless .LT Vince DeDonatis.

Lt. Vince DeDonatis
Phoenix Police

December 14, 2023

Corporal Smothers, God bless you.

I know you’re smiling down on your children, who by all accounts have become successful. Your oldest, Warrick, is a real life superhero to so many families. Raised his siblings after your tragic murder, and did everything the right way. I don’t even know Warrick personally, but I’m so proud of him. You raised one heck of a man. He and his siblings have secured your legacy and memory.

God bless, Ms. Smothers. You raised incredible children. Thank you for your dedication to your children, while also serving the public as a police officer. I’ll always remember your story, and continue to follow your legacy from afar.

SPC Christian Kemp
US Army

January 12, 2023

Cpl. Smothers,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Baton Rouge. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 7, 2023

You are not forgotten Corporal Smothers. May you rest in peace in Heaven.

Patrolman Kenneth Collins
South Amherst Police Department

January 7, 2023

As I am a little over two weeks past the actual anniversary that you heroically left us, I reiterate my previous reflections left and say that your heroism, service and sacrifice are never, ever forgotten by your law enforcement family. God Speed ma'am and God Bless your family.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

January 24, 2022

A police officer has died;

She was a human, a woman, mother, wife, daughter and a sister. She was a hero, our sister, and to all police officers across the globe. She was more than just a woman, she was a guardian of the people for whom she gave her life. She was selfless, devoted, fearless, unbiased and hero to all who will know her name.

She served with honor, diligence and went to work everyday not knowing her fate. All brothers and sisters in blue share a common goal, to push evil out, to protect the weak, defenseless, helpless, to lead by example and to forge a better future for our cities and our families.

An officer’s badge represents an allegiance to justice and when worn over the heart, it is to remind of the pledge to protect and serve, it is a symbolic shield to warn the pernicious that we stand ready . We are the constant guard, the first line of defense, we enter darkness not knowing what awaits and sometimes we die to protect those we will never meet.

Corporal Betty Smothers exemplified all of these things. She wore blue, she pledged, she protected, she stood ready and never faltered. She entered the realm of darkness and uncertainty with heart and courage. She faced evil and yet stood fast, she sacrificed so that others may not.

Evil has not won and never will, because we are all brothers and sisters. We will continue to push out evil, to light the dark and to protect and serve, we owe this to her, because if not, then Corporal Smothers is lost in vain.

May you forever be remembered and have eternal happiness.

Detective D A James
New Orleans Police

May 6, 2021

On this actual anniversary of your untimely and heroic death I’d like to reiterate my previous reflection and say that your law enforcement brethren and family will never forget your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

January 7, 2021

Working extra duty jobs as so many officers do to provide and make a better life for your family shows the amazing person you are. I’m sure there was a dozen or more jobs you could’ve done with equal or even better pay with less danger, less stress and far better hours yet you chose a noble and admirable profession like LE. Rest in peace always knowing that your memory, service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 24, 2020

A single mom, rearing 6 children and working a dangerous job. You showed all of us what determination and sacrifice truly is. God bless you you sister. I know you’re more than happy how your son (NFL Running Back Warrick Dunn) turned out. He too is an inspiration to me and the nation. Rest In Peace Sister.

Sergeant John Robinson
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Federal Police

August 24, 2020

Rest In Heavenly Peace you were gone way to soon. We have the watch.

Sergeant Anthony Wheeler
NYCPD (ret).

August 8, 2020

Rest in peace.

Tonya lafarr
Private citizen, Des Moines, Iowa

July 2, 2020

I lived in BR at the time that Ms. Smothers was taken. And I lived not far from the store. May your memory and purpose last forever!

Private citizen

May 24, 2020

R.I.P Corporal Betty Smothers;
You will never be forgotten. May your soul forever rest in Heaven.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired.
New York State Police - Troop D

April 29, 2020

Cpl. Smothers, I was only 13 years old when you were killed. I remember wanting to attend your funeral services, having no idea why my attraction to honor you was so strong at that young age. Today I have been a police officer for 10 years, and I owe a lot of it to you. I had no idea that a "brown" girl could become a cop until I saw you. Thank you for your inspiration. RIP

Officer D. Spears
Bedford Police Department

January 7, 2020

Rest in peace Corporal Smothers.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 4, 2020

Rest In Peace Sister LEO. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service. Never forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

January 7, 2019

Dear Corporal Dunn. I watched your son, Warrick play at FSU and for the Falcons. His contributions to society are because of your heroism honor and humility. A brave soul of a woman never to be forgotten. Rest in peace. I am a Rabbi and a chaplain with Catholic Health Services in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties here in Florida. My dad may he rest in peace was a longtime New York City police officer with the 102 precinct in Richmond Hill, (Queens) New York.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 3, 2018

Rest In Peace Sister in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

January 7, 2018

I admire her for the woman she was and May her reward in Heaven be GREAT!!! R.I.P. Sister in Blue!!! Prayers for her family,friends,& all the lives she touched

Officer Lisa Leombruni
Rockford Park District Police Dept.

July 19, 2016

I admire her for the woman she was and May her reward in Heaven be GREAT!!! R.I.P. Sister in Blue!!! Prayers for her family,friends,& all the lives she touched

Officer Lisa Leombruni
Rockford Park District Police Dept.

July 19, 2016

I'm sorry Betty the U.S. Supreme Court has let you down today, but we will never forget.

Capt. Keith Bauer
Baton Rouge Police Depart.

June 18, 2015

I am a police officer in NJ. Im so sorry that someone as great as you was taken way too soon. I have always been a fan of your son and I am reading his autobiography now and its a great book that pays tribute to you and your influence on him and your other children. I always try to speak to people at work especially kids and teachers at our school and give them a positive impression of our profession. My sister Erin O'brien is friends w Warrick and had no idea of his greatness at football until she told me that she met him and I told her. God bless and rest in peace sister. You are missed by many

Patrolman Jason Gorto
Bradley beach NJ

April 1, 2015

I knew you and your sister Mary well from our Alma Mater Scotlandville High School. You were a loving and devoted mother who did everything for your family. It's been 22 years but I can still see you parked in the yard. You will always be missed my friend, we love you.

Deborah Martin Retired

February 5, 2015

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