Remembering Officer Smith - Looking back at his police academy years

By Jillian Marshall

April 2, 2014 Updated Apr 3, 2014 at 9:53 AM EDT

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The 1995 Broome County Police Academy lost a member on Monday. For David Smith's fellow graduates, the wound is still fresh.

Johnson City Police Officer David Smith, 43, was shot dead on Monday morning.

Former Endicott police officer, Lt. Deron Bowman, met Smith at the Police Academy.

"He and I were a couple of bigger guys in the class and we always brought up the rear, we were the last ones to finish the runs," Bowman said.

Smith, Bowman and two others were inseparable in the academy and seemed to always be laughing.

Bowman said Smith was such a jokester that he almost didn't get through the police academy because of so many demerits for goofing around.

"We would have to try not to look at each other because it would just make us laugh," Bowman said.

Even after the academy ended, Bowman said the two kept in touch and made it a point to see each other as much as possible.

"We said every Tuesday for the rest of our lives, we're going to meet here, every Tuesday for the rest of our lives," Bowman said talking about a neighborhood bar.

Bowman said from now on, every time he sees a police car, an American flag, or even people just laughing, he will forever think of David Smith.

"I love him like a brother and he is definitely going to be missed but he'll never be forgotten," Bowman said.

Calling hours for Smith are Thursday evening from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Chase Funeral Home in Port Dickinson.

The funeral is on Friday at 11 a.m. at Sarah Jane Johnson Memorial Church in Johnson City.