Patrolman Lester J. Barden

Patrolman Lester J. Barden

Kentwood Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Wednesday, January 17, 1979

Lester J. Barden

Patrolman Barden suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after responding to an emergency call at a restaurant. When he arrived at the scene of the call he encountered a man who was suffering a heart attack and he proceeded to work on the man for several minutes until medical units arrived. After returning to his vehicle he began to feel ill and, knowing he was suffering a heart attack, requested that he be taken to Blodgett Hospital. While being transported to the hospital he suffered a second heart attack and died.

Patrolman Barden was assigned to the E-Unit and was the police departments first licensed EMT. He was responsible for creating the departments E-Unit.

Patrolman Barden was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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Ive never meet this amazing man but have herd lots through out the years about him. I also like my mom (Tanja) and grandapa lester will not eat the white thing in the egg. I would just like to say i am the proud first grand daughter of Lester Barden and wish i would have had the pleasure to meet him. he was quite the hero.

Grand Daughter
Grand daughter of Lester Barden, Nicole L. Barden

June 14, 2015

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