John Pershing Smith II
November 9, 1973- July 21, 2009
Beloved Husband to Mary, Fantastic Father to Nathaniel, Faithful Friend to Many, First Class Firefighter
Forever loved- Forever missed- Love Always
John Pershing Smith, II, 35, of Rising Sun, MD, passed away July 21, 2009 at Union Hospital after a battle with melanoma. A lifetime resident of Rising Sun, he was born in Elkton, MD on November 9, 1973, the son of the late David Pershing and Ann McCardell Smith. He was 1991 graduate of Rising Sun High School. In 1990, he joined the Community Fire Company of Rising Sun and also worked as a dispatcher at the Rising Sun Police department. While with the Community Fire Company, he rose to the rank of Captain and was active in securing multiple grants for equipment and training. He was also on the committee for purchasing Truck 861, Rescue 871 and Engine 815. John began his career with the Annapolis Fire Department in August of 2000, graduating first in his class, and achieved the rank of firefighter first class. While with the Annapolis Fire Department, he was assigned to the special operations team and was an instructor for Annapolis recruit class number 1. He enjoyed cycling and was a strong supporter of the Lance Armstrong Foundation. John was an avid Baltimore Ravens fan. His first love was being a dad and will be dearly missed by family and his many friends. He is survived by his wife Mary and his son Nathaniel, both at home as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and other family.