Owasso Police Department, Oklahoma
End of Watch Monday, September 27, 2021
Patrol Officer Howard K. Smith, III died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.
Officer Smith had served with the Owasso Police Department for 21 years and was an Assistant SWAT Commander. He had served in law enforcement for 26 years. He is survived by his wife and daughter.
Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.