Corporal Richard David Barreda

Corporal Richard David Barreda

Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, February 14, 1997

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Richard David Barreda

Corporal Richard Barreda was killed when his police motorcycle slid under an illegally parked shuttle bus that was pulling into traffic. Corporal Barreda layed down his motorcycle in an attempt to avoid a collision, but slid underneath the vehicle.

He was flown to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries approximately one hour later. The driver of the shuttle bus was acquitted of charges stemming from the accident.

Corporal Barreda had served with the agency for four years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, parents and siblings.

The agency's new indoor range was named in honor of Corporal Barreda's service to the airport community.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 519

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

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Hi mijo. Been thinking of the Dallas motor officer that was just killed. I was asked yesterday how I can get through it all. I don't answer. I just continue to pray. I pray for that family, for that department and I also pray for those other families that like me, are without a son or daughter today.
The waves still come crashing in without warning. Days when my spirit is extra low, it's like a message travels just far enough for my phone to signal that someone on the other end wants to face time his Mimi. I hear your grandson, Preston's tiny voice saying "Hi "Mimi" and the smiles are present.
I've been reading some of these reflections. I hope they realize how much they warm my heart with their beautiful words for you.
I will always cherish what stories they relay, what memories they recall, the scriptures, their commitment to never forget you once walked here, laughed, and you were their friend. My deviation, my solace has been starting POAF and devoting all my time and effort to this organization founded in your memory. I'm proud that folks recognize the need to help these men and women that are still here with us and they need us to help them get back to the profession and to provide for their precious families.
The airport once again had a very memorable day this year on the anniversary. I love all of them and they are ever so kind and respectful Ricky. Jackie, always steadfast. Bless her. . So thankful for so many and so much. Dadgummit though, still having trouble with that license plate message...hint would be good...

Maria Barreda-Alvarado

July 25, 2018

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