Late Engineer Dom Smith Honored in Livestreamed Memorial Service on August 22, 2023

August 18, 2023 3:34 PM
by Lauren Howland

Updated August 21, 2023

The Santa Monica Fire Department will hold a memorial procession and celebration of life ceremony on Tuesday, August 22, to honor Fire Engineer Dom Smith, who died last month following a long and courageous battle against a work-related illness.

The Santa Monica Fire Department would like to express our sincere appreciation for Dominic’s dedication and commitment to our community in his 22 years of service in Santa Monica, and nearly 30-year career in the fire service. We are grateful for Dominic’s friendship and his endless contributions to our department and its members. Dominic’s memory is embedded in our organization's deep history, and his legacy will live on forever.

The procession will begin at 9:30 a.m. and travel on 2nd Street eastbound along Wilshire Boulevard, ending at St. Monica Catholic Church, 725 California Ave.

Due to these events, California Avenue will be closed between Lincoln Boulevard and 7th Street from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Due to capacity and privacy considerations, the family asks that the celebration of life ceremony be reserved for family and members of the fire service only. The celebration of life ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a private reception.

The public is encouraged to tune in to the service livestream online here.

Smith began his career in 1993 as a volunteer firefighter with the city of Poway, while at the same time working as an EMT on a private ambulance company. He joined the Oceanside Fire Department in 1994 and moved to Santa Monica Fire Department in 2001. Smith retired in March 2023, with 22 years of dedicated service to Santa Monica. He died on July 13, 2023, and is survived by his wife, Alexa, and their daughter.

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Authored By

Lauren Howland
Communications and public information manager