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Police Officer Willie Samuel Smith

Savannah Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Friday, March 11, 1994

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Reflections for Police Officer Willie Samuel Smith

Rest in peace Officer Smith.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 5, 2020

What a beautiful smile you had! You are missed, and your sacrifice will never be forgotten, Officer Smith. Thank you for you service.

V.K.Mary, 911 Communications Officer, Harris County Sheriffs Office, Houston, in the Great State of Texas

December 9, 2019

I Love You so much Brother. I think about you and I dream of you as if you are still here with me. Half of me is gone and I miss you every single day. As i'm sure you know, your wife has raised your daughter to be a beautiful young woman. I am so proud of them both and i know you are too. She and my Son, who i am very proud of, are like sister and brother. Just like we talked about all those years ago. Aint that another blessing. You will always be my Hero. Talk to you later and see you in my dreams. Love Eternal, your Twin.✨

SSG(Ret) William Smith
Identical Twin Brother

October 29, 2019

Thank You for your service and sacrifice!

John Hill
US Customs and Border Protection

March 11, 2019

Officer Smith,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Savannah. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

March 11, 2019

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

May 26, 2018

Rip sir

Police officer Joshua Willison
Savannah Chatham metropolitan police department (downtown PCT)

August 27, 2017

Rest in Peace, Officer Smith. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

April 3, 2012

RIP. God bless you and your family.

Officer J. Edwards
Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department
Savannah, Georgia

February 18, 2012

I still remember that evening in March as if it were yesterday. Started the shift the usual way and then went on our way. Larry and I heard the call go out and after we had arrved our dear friend had passed away. You would have been poud to hear my 20 years is done but not one of those days went by without a thought of you.

SGT R. Hawn

December 20, 2011

I wanted to visit you again my friend. Gone but not forgotton.

Eric Chessier

August 8, 2011

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 11, 2010

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not fogotten.

Police Officer

September 20, 2009

The funeral line was long, There's an awful lot of cars, Folks came out of the restaurants, They came out of the bars.
The workers at the construction sites All let their hammers drop. Someone asked. "What is this all for?" And they said, "Aw, just a cop."
Some chuckled at the passing cars. Some shed a silent tear Some people said, "It's stupid," "all these dumb policemen here."
"How come they are not out fighting crime?" "Or in a doughnut shop?" Sure is a lot of trouble, For someone who's just a cop."
They blocked the intersections, They blocked the interstate. People yelled and cursed, "Damn, it's gonna make me late!"
"This is really ridiculous!" "They're makin' us all stop!" "It seems they are sure wastin' time, On someone who's just a cop."
Into the cemetery now, The slow procession comes, The woeful Taps are slowly played. There's loud salutes from guns.
The graveyard workers shake their heads "This service is a flop." "There's lots of good words wasted, On someone who's just a cop"
Yeah, just a cop to most folks. Did his duty every day. Trying to protect us, Till they took his life away.
And when he got to heaven, St. Peter put him at the top. An angel asked him, "Who was that?" And he said, "Aw, just a cop."
His Judgment Day:
The officer stood and faced his God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shinning, Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, Officer, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek To my church have you been true?"
The officer squared his shoulder and said, "No, Lord, I guess I aint, Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was rough, And sometimes I've been violent Because the streets are tough.
But I never took a penny That wasn't mine to keep.. Though I worked a lot of overtime, when the bills got too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept an unmanly tear.
I know I don't deserve a place among the people here. They never wanted me around except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, it needn't be so grand. I never expected or had too much, But if you don't...I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne, where the saints often trod. As the officer waited quietly for the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, Officer. You've borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on heaven's streets, You've done your time in hell"

May God be with everyone!!!!!!!!!

Motor officer Terry Pauley
Plano PD Plano, Tx

April 6, 2009

15 years ago you gave the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you for your service and dedication.

Officer Turner
Gladewater, TX PD

March 14, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 15th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 11, 2009



April 7, 2008

"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 © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

December 27, 2007

As i look over this page and see what everyone say about you and is so true.your smile,jokes,and just beening you is what i miss you was like a little brother to me sorry i didnt tell was so proud to be a police officer and so were we you are my HERO I HEAR A SONG THAT YOU SANG AND I SMILE. I love you and think about you alot.keep on smiling.

barbara greenville

December 7, 2007

Officer Smith how the years have passed, but memories of you are still fresh. I often have to travel that street on which that fateful incident happened and so I remined of that night. And I often think about having to delivery the sad message to your wife. Just recent while traveling that street with my grands I told them about what happened. I was glad they didn't ask many questions however. I can truly say you were/are a great person and officer that earned the respect of many. SEMPER FI STOKES>>>>>

Captain Alvin Stokes
Savannah Police Dept.

June 22, 2007

I will never forget the ultimate sacrifice you made for all the Citizens of Savannah. You will alays be my Brother in Blue!!!

Chief David M. Gellatly, ret.
Savannah Police Department

December 13, 2006

Sammy was a good friend of mine. We lived close to each other in Hinesville, Georgia. I spoke at his funeral. Sammy encouraged me to enroll at South University in Savannah and I did. I went on to graduate while he became a police officer. My friend was so pleasant and kind. Marie my prayers are with you and your daughter. God Bless. EHC.

Eric Chessier

July 12, 2005

It has been over 10 years now since your passing. I remember having lunch with you the night prior and really wish we would have been able to make lunch that fateful night as planned. The LORD works in mysterious ways. You may be physically gone but You'll never be forgotten.

SSGT Mark Rich
Richmond Hill Pd

July 5, 2005


thomas r. king
clarkston police dept, ga

April 30, 2005

Since losing one of our own last year, I visit these pages often, almost daily. I came across your memorial Officer Smith, and your beautiful smile captured my attention. My friend (may he rest in peace) could light up a room with his funny grin...I imagine you had same effect!!

I am certain that you are sorely missed. I am also certain that you are and always will be remembered as a true HERO.

I salute you Officer Smith.
Thank you for your service.
Thank you for your sacrifice.


March 11, 2005

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