Type of Officer: Deputy Sheriff
Jurisdiction: Franklin County
Death Date: 7/23/2010
Added to Memorial: 2011
Circumstances of Death: Automobile Accident
Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy Samuel A. Smith was killed en route to a domestic disturbance call near the City of Pomona on July 23, 2010. Deputy Smith lost control of his patrol vehicle, left the roadway and struck a tree. Deputy Smith began his service with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in November 2009 and graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in the spring of 2010. Prior to joining the Sheriff’s Office, Sam was known for his community service work. The Ottawa City Commission recognized his volunteer service by observing November 12, 2001, as Sam Smith Day. Deputy Smith was 22 years old at the time of his death. He is survived by his mother, Kathleen.