Slain Dallas Officer Laid to Rest

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    Senior Cpl. Norman Smith was shot and killed while serving a felony search warrant for aggravated assault. Wednesday would have marked Smith's 18th year on the Dallas force.

    Thousands of people attended the funeral of slain Dallas police officer Sr. Cpl. Norm Smith on Friday, nearly filling Dallas' popular megachurch The Potter's House.

    The funeral began at 11 a.m. and lasted until just after 1 p.m., where family, friends and coworkers, including Pastor Rickie Rush of the Inspiring Body of Christ Church, memorialized the fallen officer while remembering his life and those he impacted.

    The Funeral for Sr. Cpl. Norm Smith

    [DFW] The Funeral for Sr. Cpl. Norm Smith
    Sr. Cpl. Norman Smith was remembered as a caring friend, devoted husband, and passionate police officer. (Published Friday, Jan 9, 2009)

    A procession of hundreds of police cars and motorcycles will carry Smith to Restland Memorial Park where he will be interred.

    Smith is survived by his wife, Dallas police Lt. Regina Smith.  The couple were married for 18 years.

    The highly decorated officer was assigned to the department's elite gang unit. He was shot and killed Tuesday night while trying to serve a felony warrant at an Oak Cliff apartment complex.

    Smith was acting on a tip from an informant at the end of a 12-hour workday when he was shot.

    Memorial Video from Sr. Cpl. Norman Smith's Funeral

    [DFW] Memorial Video from Sr. Cpl. Norman Smith's Funeral
    A memorial video was played prior to Sr. Cpl. Norman Smith's funeral showing personal pictures. (Published Friday, Jan 9, 2009)

    Family and co-workers remembered Smith as tireless crime fighter, a devoted father and a loving husband.

    Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle told crowd of mourners that Regina Smith was adamant that her husband never show her affection when they were both in uniform.

    Funeral Procession for Fallen Officer Stretches for Miles

    [DFW] Funeral Procession for Fallen Officer Stretches for Miles
    The funeral procession for Senior Cpl. Norm Smith stretched for miles to and from the church. (Published Friday, Jan 9, 2009)

    Smith's fellow officers said they will continue his work, knowing a guardian angel will be watching over them.

    An honor guard raised a Flag of Honor to half-staff outside Dallas police headquarters Thursday in memory of Smith. The flag flew over the Texas capitol on Sept. 11 and now travels the country to honor fallen police and firefighters.

    The tribute to Smith on his squad car outside police headquarters continued to grow Thursday. The vehicle will be parked outside through Friday.

    Smith was the first police officer killed in the line of duty this year.