Friday, three names will be added to the Iowa Peace Officer’s Memorial- a monument honoring police officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice over the last 140 years. The officers being added to the memorial tomorrow are Officer Philip Adams who was killed in 1973, Floyd County Deputy Levi Bowers, killed in 1916, and Stuart Police Chief Robert Smith.
On September 20, 2009 Smith was attempting to make an arrest. While trying to escape, the suspect pushed chief smith to the ground. The chief struck his knee and neck on the pavement, and after complications during surgery he was left paralyzed. He passed away on August 13th 2010.
Smith started with the Stuart Police Department in 2006. During his 4 years as chief he made a lasting impression. Whether it was his quirky sense of humor, or his respect for the law and the people he protected, co-workers and friends say they’re reminded of Chief Smith every day.
They say it’s an honor that he will now be even more widely remembered for what he did and who he was with the memorial.
Smith is survived by his wife and six children, who still live in the Stuart area.