September 22, 1956 - January 6, 2004
Officer Stephen Smith was born September 22, 1956 in San Bernardino. He graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 1984 where he became an employee of UC Riverside that same year and spent his first 10 years of service with the Physical Plant department. In 1994, he became a police officer and gave UC Riverside 7 additional years of service. During his time with the UCRPD, Officer Smith was involved in many assignments and projects. He played a major role in the department's bike patrol unit and was not only a member but an instructor and mechanic as well. He also helped design and construct the police station's courtyard and assisted with the maintenance of the station's exterior landscaping. In addition, he participated in department sponsored youth soccer clinics and child safety fairs. He was a member of the University Neighborhood Enhancement Team. Officer Smith was promoted to the rank of Corporal and served as a Field Training Officer, and later worked with the Detective Unit.
In 2001, Officer Smith transferred to the UCI Police Department where he continued as a bike team officer and participated in several of the department's major events and programs which included the department's Open House, Annual Teddy Bear Drive, RADkids Program, and the Baker to Vegas UC Running team.
On January 2, 2004, Officer Smith suffered a heart attack while on duty. He was taken to a local hospital where he passed away on January 6, 2004.
Steve was a loving father, devoted husband, dedicated police officer, great partner, and a super friend. Although we will miss him very much, he will never be forgotten. Steve died surrounded by family and friends at the Irvine Medical Center on January 7, 2004.
Memorial Services were held on Monday January 12, 2004, 1:00 p.m. at the Mariners Church, 5001 Newport Coast Drive, Irvine, California 92612.