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I first met Barry when he was a communications officer with HCPD approx. 1974.
I recall the calmness of his voice, yet with explicit directions anytime I received a dispatch from him. He was a professional. I was thankful. One evening at shift end, I specifically made a trip down to the Commo Section (Dabbs House) to meet him personally. As I introduced myself, I recall his shy humility as I thanked him for his professionalism and being there for me. We became respectful of each other.
You see, I could always count on Barry on any situation that I was in as a Patrolman and/or Detective, calling me by radio every few minutes until I cleared, to make sure that I was okay. He cared. He had my back. It wasn't only me..He was the same to everybody "on the road", no matter the seriousness of the dispatched situation. He took the initiative without being told. He cared about his brothers and sisters in blue.
I recall his desire to "get on the road". I was there when he did. He was happy and I was proud to see that "he made it". He took pride in his early duties with the B.E.A.T. Squad. Soon thereafter, I relocated out of state and lost track of the many fine friends I had left behind at HCPD.
It wasn't until recently, that I found out about Barry's passing.
Though I was saddened for his young family that had remained, so so many years ago...MY heart is at peace.
You see, I trust that he is at home with Our Lord Jesus, with that country boy smile that he always had. Even though if but for a little while in my lifetime, Barry Mayham touched my heart. He has never been forgotten !
A fine example of God's creation.. a caring person, a public servant.....my friend..Barry... whose loved ones deserved my reflection of him. It's all through Jesus Our Lord and Savior, Amen.
Dennis L. Goodrich
April 19, 2013