The Officer Down Memorial Page Remembers . . .


Officer Danny Martinez, Fort Smith Police Department

Friends, fellow officers, and law enforcement professionals across the nation are paying their respects to Officer Martinez at this site.

Several posts choked me up, but the one that got me most was from a Fort Smith police officer who recognized — and appreciated — that our entire community is grieving, and that we may not have personally known Officer Martinez, but some of us are fortunate enough to have a number of friends in law enforcement. Friends as in, “I love you but I’ll arrest your butt if you break the law.” Those are the officers our community respects and admires. Character, honor, a love of justice.

Downtown Development Director Jayne Hughes sent this e-mail this afternoon:

As most of you already know the Funeral for our fallen Officer Danny Martinez will take place at the Fort Smith Convention Center Auditorium beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Friday March 30. Please join us as we stand and line the street on Garrison Avenue at 11:00 a.m.

The Funeral Procession will leave the Convention Center proceeding to Rogers and 3rd; 3rd to Garrison then travel east on Garrison to 10th. The Procession will turn right on 10th traveling in front of the Fort Smith Police Department and over to Wheeler then on to Poteau, Oklahoma where the services will continue.

We expect the Procession to last approximately 30 – 45 minutes from when they leave the Convention Center to when they leave the Downtown Area. Plan to arrive early in Downtown Fort Smith as Garrison will be blocked off using all 4 lanes from 11:00 a.m. to approximately 11:45 a.m.

You are so supportive and always forward our emails. Please do the same with this very important email.

Oh, and one more thing…Remember those American Flags we have used during these certain times to honor our heroes? Please, if you can, bring them.

We will see you on Garrison, Friday at 11:00!

It’s Fort Smith’s way of saying we grieve with those who loved Danny Martinez.

It’s Fort Smith’s way of saying we appreciate the men and women in blue who keep us safe. Maybe it’s because so many area residents are second and third generation descendants of lawmen and outlaws.

Regardless of “Why?” well, it’s Fort Smith’s way.

2 thoughts on “The Officer Down Memorial Page Remembers . . .

  1. I have two high school buddies who are officers in Fort Smith. My brother was a police officer across the river in the ’70s. As a working press type, I’ve gotten to know lots of cops over the years. Loss is felt in ER’s heart, too, especially it being an Oklahoman working in Fort Smith.

  2. Thank you, ER. You’re a good friend to Fort Smith. I know you’ll spread the gospel of our region in Colorado. When you get there.

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