Funeral Service Held For Fallen Arlington Police Officer

ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Thousands gathered at Mount Olive Baptist Church for the funeral service for fallen Arlington Police Officer Jillian Smith. The sanctuary at Mount Olive holds 3200 people and it was not large enough to hold the crowd of mourners attending the funeral.

Officer Smith was shot and killed on December 28 while trying to protect an 11-year-old child during a domestic disturbance call and subsequent shooting at an apartment complex.

Today the 24-year-old woman, who was just two weeks out of field training when she was killed, was remembered as a saint and a hero. During the eulogy, Pastor James Thompson Jr. said Jillian was more than a police officer, she was a saint in the eyes of God. “You hate to see her go, but she had somewhere to go in heaven,” he told the congregation. “When you leave here Jesus said, ‘Come on up here. I got a place where they don’t carry .357 Magnums. Come on up here!'”

Police Chaplain Wes Duffy remembered the dedication Officer Smith had to a job she held only a short time. “When we have officers, like Jill, who work in the midnight hour, while we sleep and slumber, they stand prepared, ready to fight, to share their life for us,” he said during the service.

Many tears were shed as family members, friends and uniformed officers passed by the flag-draped coffin of Officer Smith.

Uniformed police officers, constables, deputies and troopers from across Texas, the region, and from as far away as Chicago filled the pews, stood in the lobby and listened to the service in the church gymnasium over a public address system. A long line of police cruisers and motorcycles led the procession to the church.

Following the funeral, the long line of law enforcement officials followed the hearse carrying Officer Smith’s body to Moore Memorial Gardens for a graveside ceremony.

Born in Arlington, Jillian Smith became interested in law enforcement during the sixth grade, department officials said. She graduated from Seguin High School in 2005 and the University of Texas at Arlington in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and a minor in Sociology. Officer Smith then graduated from the Arlington Police Academy in February of 2010 and completed her field training on December 13.

In the history of the Arlington police department, Officer Smith is the 8th officer to die in the line of duty.

  • Gloria G.

    may God bless her family’s and keep them strong, the Lord above made no mistake in what he does, we some time don’t understand, but made of human flash we do wandering, but may God be with you always. i hate to said she in a better place in-which she is, I know that you watered she was here, but she looked down smile and very happy.

  • Ed

    You have achieved more honor in your short time, then most have done with more. May the little girl you saved grown up to respect and honor your sacrific.
    All surrounding cities to Arilington should lower their flags today in your honor.

    • Jennifer Browning

      I was thinking the same thing this morning that the flags should be lowered. She is a hero & should be honored as such. I was stopped on Randoll Mill this morning at 7:45 for a long line of lit up police cars pulling into one of the Cowboy’s parking lots & started crying so hard for the family she left behind! Thank you Jillian Smith for the protection you gave us in your short time!!!!



  • Peggy

    You gave your life to protect ours. Thank you and God Bless you and all who knew and loved you.
    You are one of Gods angels and we were blessed to have you for only a short time.

  • k. bick

    i am so proud to know there are distinguish young black people out there. she is truely a heroic all american role model for our youth. we thank you jillian

  • Lori Daye

    RIP Jill. It was an HONOR knowing you. I remember when you were 14 years old, making us all laugh at your Aunt Vivians house, with your sister Jessica. My kids, your cousins, will never forget you. Gone, but NEVER forgotton. Time to rest now, sweet Jill.

  • Jana

    Jill was True Bue as evidenced by the long Blue lines honoring their fallen Officer. There are no other colors on the elite nationwide force of Officers. She is an inspiration for all people, all colors, all of us. RIP Jill.

  • Nancy Troyer

    She was a true hero. I pray that in time her family is able to take comfort in this and in their happy memories of her.

  • Ed

    Living in Indiana this is the first I’ve heard of this, so sad. Did this make National news when it happened?

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  • OB

    Jillian you are an angel now and you will never be forgotten.. I didnt have the pleasure of knowing you, but your family is in my prayers and thank you so much for your services.. May you Rest in Peace

  • Gerri

    WE must remember God is always in control through any event in our lives. Thank you Jill for being a true protector of the people. Live on forever in glory.

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