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In Memory of Sgt. Lee Smith Featured

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The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is extremely saddened to announce the passing of Sergeant Lee Smith today.   Lee had been jogging on Edward Hines Drive, in the City of Westland, at approximately 10am, when he was fatally struck by a vehicle that had driven left of center and onto the shoulder of the road on which Lee was running.  Lee succumbed to his injuries and died at the scene.

The vehicle that struck Lee failed to stop at the scene and fled the area.  The Westland Police Department is investigating the fatal crash and the criminal offense related to the suspect vehicle’s driver fleeing the scene.  Crime Stoppers has offered a reward for information leading to the capture of the driver.

Lee began his career with the Sheriff’s Office in July of 1992.  Lee worked numerous jobs both in and out of the Jails.  He was first assigned to the Road Patrol in 2000 and began his involvement with the Mounted Unit in 2004.  He was a long standing member of the Special Response Team, where he became a member in 1999.  Upon his promotion to Sergeant in May 2009, Lee was assigned to the Road Patrol. He transferred to the Park Patrol, where he has served ever since, a few months later.

Lee is a graduate of Mumford High School, in Detroit, and a graduate of Wayne County Community College, where he reserved an Associate’s Degree in 2002.  In 2000, he became a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Society as a result of his excellent grades.

Lee was a highly trained officer and he developed the skill sets necessary to become a department instructor in the following disciplines:  Mounted Officer, PPCT Defensive Tactics, Defensive Driving, Pistol, Shotgun, and Patrol Rifle.  He was a trained firearms armorer capable of working on Sig Sauer and Glock products.  Lee was also an accomplished horseman and motorcycle rider. 

Lee is survived by his wife and his 28 year old son.  His passing will deeply affect this agency.  We have lost a highly trained and well respected officer.  He will be sorely missed.  Each of us will respond differently to Lee’s passing.  For those that feel they may derive a benefit from counseling, please contact the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-847-7240.

Information as to viewing and funeral arrangements will be shared as they become known.  Please keep Lee’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

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