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Memorial Fund Created for Family of Fallen BART Officer

Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank.

Sgt. Tommy Smith. Photo courtesy of San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit.
Sgt. Tommy Smith. Photo courtesy of San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit.
A memorial fund has been created for the family of BART Police Sgt. Tom "Tommy" Smith, who died after he was accidentally shot by a colleague while conducting a search of a robbery suspect's apartment at 6450 Dougherty Road in Dublin around 2 p.m. on Jan. 21.

According to the BART website, donations to the fund can be made at any Wells Fargo location to account number 5148561086 under the name "Kellie Smith."

Donations can be mailed to:

Tommy Smith Memorial Fund C/O Wells Fargo 
11020 Bollinger Canyon Road, Suite 1 
San Ramon, CA 94582

Smith's funeral is open to the public and is planned for tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the Neighborhood Church of Castro Valley at 20600 John Drive. 

Smith, 42, was a 23-year veteran at BART. Smith is survived by his wife, who is K-9 officer with the BART Police Department, and his 6-year-old daughter, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, a website dedicated to fallen officers.

Smith is the first BART officer to die in the line of duty.

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Sue January 28, 2014 at 02:18 PM
Not that the memorial fund is a bad thing, but isn't there a large insurance settlement when an officer gets killed in the line of duty?
Desert Rat January 29, 2014 at 12:16 AM
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Everybody's financial situation is different. Not every line of duty death results in a memorial fund. Usually somebody starts one because it is needed.
Dan January 29, 2014 at 01:58 AM
Workers Comp will most likely issue over $600,000.00 in benefits to the daughter until she is 18. The benefit rate is likely to increase every year depending on what the new maximum benefit rate is after two years.
Desert Rat February 01, 2014 at 12:43 PM
Care to point out where you got that? I'd like some info on that benefit.

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