“He was not a man looking for accolades, praise,” his sister Yea-Mei Sauer said, according to the Dallas Morning News
“His legacy, all of this would make him uncomfortable,” Sauer said.
Legacy – and a community of friends and family, including a wife and two young daughters, according to the Morning News – is what Smith leaves behind after he was fatally shot down in a sniper attack on July 7 in Dallas, along with four other police officers.
(Nine more officers, and two civilians, were wounded. The suspect was later killed after a standoff with police.)
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A former Army Ranger and decades-long veteran of the Dallas Police Department, Smith, 56, was grieved and memorialized at a private Mass in Farmers Branch on Wednesday, according to the Morning News.
A public funeral was held for him Thursday afternoon, at the Dallas church where he worked as a security officer. Hundreds attended a visitation for him Tuesday, according to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth.
Many police officers also attended Smith’s memorial, as they attended the others, Smith’s friend Sid Goodloe tells PEOPLE.
“You should see the amount of officers here for this. Very humbling,” he says.
Goodloe, who knew Smith through church, called Smith’s death “sudden and senseless.”
But he added, “Mike knew his savior and he knew where he was going, and he is in a far better place where we are now,” Goodloe says.
Marcie St. John, Smith’s former partner, called Smith “an amazing person. He was a professional from start to finish. He was a family man. He was a cop’s cop. He was just a good, all-around person.
St. John added, “What mattered most to him was taking care of other people. His whole life was about service.”
• With reporting by HARRIET SOKMENSUER