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39-year Veteran Officer Killed by Drunk Driver

Shelton Police Department Press RElease

July 07, 2010

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Sergeant Orville Smith

It is with great sadness and regret that the Shelton Police Department announces the death of Police Sergeant Orville Smith due to complications from internal injuries that Smith sustained late Saturday night while on duty. Smith and his police cruiser were struck by a Nissan Frontier pickup truck on Route 110 at the intersection of Indian Well Road in Shelton while directing traffic after a private fireworks event.

The Shelton Police Department Traffic Division with the assistance of the Trumbull Police Department Accident Reconstruction Team are investigating the accident. The driver of the Frontier, 63 year old Bruce Knapik of 96 East Eaton St in Bridgeport, was arrested and charged with Driving under the Influence. Knapik did not claim any injuries. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.

Sgt. Smith was a 39-year-veteran of the Shelton Police Department and was assigned as a patrol supervisor on the day shift. Sgt. Smith was also a United States Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. Sgt Smith has also served as a volunteer firefighter with the Shelton Fire Department White Hills Company Number 5. Sgt. Smith was also a past President of the Shelton Police Association. Sgt. Smith is survived by his wife Nancy Smith of Oxford. Sgt. Smith was very active with the Shelton Police Memorial Day Services and served as the moderator for the annual event for the last several years.

“The loss of Sgt. Orville Smith has deeply affected the entire Shelton Police Department. Sgt. Smith was a dedicated officer and hiss loss will affect the entire City”-Shelton Police Chief Joel Hurliman


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    we5150

    over 3 years ago

    202 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother

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    mdyki

    over 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    We'll miss you Smitty! We'll look after things for you down here.

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    Straightshooter

    almost 4 years ago

    1708 Comments

    Rest in Peace, Sgt. Orville Smith. My Prayers for your Family, friends and coworkers.

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    Sheepdog1

    almost 4 years ago

    480 Comments

    RIP brother

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    SULLYMAN

    almost 4 years ago

    492 Comments

    Another sad loss because of a drunken idiot. Rest in Peace Sarge.

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    Eilene

    almost 4 years ago

    18372 Comments

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Sgt. Orville Smith and his brothers and sisters in Law Enforcement. May he rest in peace.

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    To deal with the lost of a loved one.
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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Rest in Peace. God Bless.

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    dcrump

    almost 4 years ago

    192 Comments

    R.I.P. our law enforcement brother!

  • shadow_officer

    almost 4 years ago

    8558 Comments

    RIP

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    boritico

    almost 4 years ago

    928 Comments

    R.I.P.B.

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    AChiefsWife

    almost 4 years ago

    326 Comments

    RIP Officer Orville Smith.

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    ksphatcop

    almost 4 years ago

    1744 Comments

    Rest in Peace

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    djs2v

    almost 4 years ago

    5628 Comments

    RIP Sgt. Smith

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    mmarchesi

    almost 4 years ago

    2686 Comments

    Rest in Peace Sarge!

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    tooley135

    almost 4 years ago

    676 Comments

    RIP Sgt. Smith. Bless you and your family.

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