Police officers are a brotherhood. As part of this National Police Week, we have the story of a fallen Odessa Policeman who is still very much part of another’s life.
Chuck Moad is a former Odessa Police Officer.
“Don’t forget these guys. It happened a while back but they still have families and the families still hurt,” said Moad with tears in his eyes.
He recalls the tragic accident that claimed the life of Officer Scott Stanton Smith back in the 1980’s.
“He was coming to help me, so you feel kind of at fault. Maybe if you hadn’t called for help, he’d still be here,” said Moad.
Moad was trying to capture some burglars when he radioed for help.
“He was two blocks away when he had a crash in the intersection which ultimately ended his life,” said Moad. “He was traveling lights and siren down the street towards me and ran into the side of a car that didn’t hear him coming. It was totally an accident, she never heard him coming.”
The accident happened August 3rd of 1987.
“Two days later after his crash, his wife finds out she’s pregnant with their second child,” said Moad.
Officer Smith, just 25 years old, spent the next six months on life support. He lost that battle in February of 1988.
It’s Moad’s faith that got him through that difficult time. He spent 29 years as an Odessa Police Officer and has now spent the last five years as the Chief Investigator at the Ector County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Moad has a special wristband to pay tribute and every year, he attends the memorial service held at Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home in Odessa during National Police Officer’s week where officer Smith is buried.
Moad has grown close to the fallen officer’s family and also found another way to honor him. He had a son born 10 days after his wreck. His son’s middle name is “Scott.” Of course, another way meant to remember his legacy.
There’s an Officer Down Memorial page online to honor fallen officers. Kelsey, Smith’s daughter who was born not long after his death, left a note for her father. Part of it reads, “Dad, a name I never got to call you in person, I grew up not knowing you, hearing your voice, or seeing your face, But you were never forgotten. While we were never given the chance to know each other, I do my very best. to carry on your legacy and make you proud.
In all, there are five fallen Odessa Police Officers on that page. Men who paid the ultimate price.