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Death takes blinded trooper who was a legend in law enforcement


Legendary Warrior
May 21, 2006
Extracted from Force Science News #321

Death takes blinded trooper who was a legend in law enforcement

Bobby Smith, the Louisiana trooper whose dauntless spirit became legendary in law enforcement after he was blinded by a felon s shotgun blast to the face decades ago, died last weekend at age 63.

Smith was a portrait of resilience. He was left permanently sightless in 1986 by an attack by a drug dealer at the end of a pursuit. After that, his marriage dissolved, he lost one child to a drug overdose and another to a car wreck, suffered severe financial hardships, and at one point was set on suicide.

Yet he rebounded to earn a PhD, write three books, create a foundation to help officers recover from traumatic events, and become an international motivational speaker who it s estimated has addressed more than a million people worldwide to mention only a few of his remarkable accomplishments.

Now, says Louisiana State Police Supt. Col. Mike Edmonson, Heaven has welcomed home a hero.

A moment of silence, please, for an outstanding officer and an unforgettable human being.




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