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

Most Recent Reflection

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Once again I find myself here reading through everyones reflections on my amazing Dad! It has been nearly 40 years since you were taken home! Not a day goes by that you arent on my mind, even if its a quick thought.... It has been ongoing for 39 years, 8 mos and 13 days!
My sister, your daughter joined you 6/12/2012! R.I.P.
Both of you left to soon, both of you were amazing people. My Moms heart will never heal. It saddens me to think that you never got to meet your grand children and now great grand children. Your oldest grand son, Josh is your mini me and it is amazing how much he resembles you in looks and personality. Lester J Barden you will NEVER be forgotten and will ALWAYS be my Number 1 Hero. Miss you and love always and forever! (Pinch my sister for me)

Youngest daughter Trinette

September 30, 2018

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