Robert Steven “Steve” “Smitty” Smith was born on September 21, 1960, and answered his last alarm on March 21, 2011.
He graduated from high school in Sumpter, South Carolina. In 1981, he joined the United States Air Force and later joined the United States Army, before returning to the Air Force. He served during Operation Desert Storm, Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn. He attained the rank of senior master sergeant and was posthumously promoted to chief master sergeant.
He had a deep love and passion for family, country, and commitment as a first responder. His dedication and desire to serve his country and community were immense. Steve proudly joined the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Department in 1991, serving 20 years.
His love of the outdoors was reflected in his love for firearms and his quarter horses. He enjoyed frequent outings with family, friends, and fellow firefighters. Steve is known and remembered by all for his extreme loyalty to family and friends. Always eager to help others, Steve openly offered a needed shoulder to lean on and willingly gave kind and sincere counsel and advice.
He is and will continue to be deeply missed and loved by all who knew him. He is survived by two sons, Joshua Smith and Chance Smith; his parents, Robert and Anne Smith; a brother, Gary Smith; a sister, Lara Tauck; five grandchildren; and six nieces and nephews; along with many family members, friends, and fellow firefighters and members of the armed services.