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Beloved Retired Orangetown PD Officer Robert “Smitty” Smith Passes Away

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It is with deep sadness we share the passing of Retired Orangetown Police Department Officer Robert “Smitty” G Smith

Robert G. Smith Jr. of Pearl River, NY passed away on Monday, December 26, 2022. He was 67. Smitty worked as a police officer for 32 years. He began his career in 1983 working for the NYPD in the 47th Precinct. In September 1984 he transferred to the Orangetown Police Department where he worked until his retirement in 2015.

Robert was born October 10, 1955 in Suffern, NY to Robert G. and Leila Smith. He was a graduate of Pearl River High School in 1973.

Locally, he was a member of the Pearl River Hook & Ladder Co#1.

Smitty loved being a police officer and working in the community he grew up in. He was a huge sports fan, a life time fan of the NY Giants and NY Yankees. He also enjoyed boating on the Hudson River and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Maureen; mother, Leila; sisters, Cindy Balzano (Louis), Sandra Drayton (Kevin) and brother, Thomas. He is also survived by his nephew, Matthew Balzano and nieces, Frannie and Kate Drayton. He is predeceased by his father, Robert G. Smith Sr.

A Funeral service will be held 10:30 AM, Friday at the United Methodist Church, Pearl River. Burial will follow at Rockland Cemetery, Sparkill, NY. Visiting is Thursday from 3:00 to 7:00 PM at Wyman-Fisher Funeral Home Inc.

Smitty as he was affectionately called had a stellar reputation within law enforcement and was beloved by the community he served. We ask you keep his family in your prayers during this difficult time.

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Tragic: 14-Year-Old from Rockland Driving Motorbike Dies in Accident with Snowplow Truck – Police

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STONY POINT, NY – The Stony Point Police department announced on Thursday that a 14-year-old died after he appeared to have been operating a motorbike southbound at the intersection of North Liberty Drive and Wayne Avenue when he collided with a privately owned plow truck on Tuesday.

At 2:48 p.m., police received a call advising that police and EMS were needed at North Liberty Drive and Wayne Avenue for an accident involving a juvenile on a motorbike and a plow truck.

Stony Point Police responded to the scene, along with Medics and Stony Point Ambulance. The boy was treated at the scene by Rockland Paramedics and Stony Point Ambulance Corp, and then transported to Westchester Medical Center, where he died the next day from his injuries. The operator of the truck remained on scene and is cooperating with the investigation, according to police.

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National School Resource Officer Appreciation Day!

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Today, we honor the incredible School Resource Officers (SROs) who work tirelessly to keep our schools safe and foster positive relationships within our educational communities. They provide mentorship to students, while ensuring a secure learning environment.
We are honored to have 10 proactive School Resource Officers who work everyday building relationships with staff and students in our schools.

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