91-year-old police officer says he’ll only retire ‘when the good Lord says so’

A 91-year-old Arkansas police officer, LC “Buckshot” Smith says he has no plan to retire and he’ll only consider retirement “when the good lord says so.”

LC “Buckshot” Smith, whose 92nd birthday is coming up in May has worked in law enforcement for more than 56 years.

He was a sheriff deputy for 46 years before he retired — retirement that lasted for just a few short months. He quickly realized he missed the work.

Speaking on the reason he joined the police, he said he loves the excitement of being a police officer and that’s what prompted him to join the force in the 1960s.


Public Relations Officer Dana Weatherby said the beloved officer is known throughout town and everyone stops to talk when they see him. He described him as someone who is obviously not a “still person,” and that sums up his work ethic.

Texann Shadden, a training coordinator at the department, describes “Buckshot” Smith as dedicated. He recalls a year when the snowfall was so bad that “Buckshot” Smith walked about three blocks to work in the snow because he couldn’t get his car out.

Shadded added that “Buckshot” Smith’s many years on the force and his knowledge of the town come in handy.”

“Buckshot” Smith, whose from the small town of Camden, Arkansas, has being described as instrumental to annual festivals in Camden, being a court bailiff, conducting the neighborhood watch and sending himself on calls when he hears them come across his radio, “Buckshot” Smith is a cherished member of the force, CNN reports.

On the three days of the week “Buckshot” Smith isn’t enforcing the law, the 91-year-old likes to attend church services and spend time with his lady friend.


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