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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Although the day that you took your last breath is approaching this month, I am fully aware that that day has been every day for the past 23 years. And I also have accepted that it will be that way until I see you again. I will be able to hug you and never let you go again. That is a promise that because of my faith in the Lord above, I can find comfort and peace Ricky.
I'm thankful for the family's continued remembrance of you and your life son. My friends have been there every step of the way and often surprise me with a gift that has your picture or something like that. It fills my soul with so much love...
Can't say enough for DFW Airport DPS family. They stay faithful and are such good friends to your mama. :) They come to my Christmas party even though I know they could be celebrating the holidays somewhere else, as our parties are boring ha ha. But they still come regardless of the weather, or any other plans they might have planned... They bring so much joy to my heart...
The department has changed by way of new faces, and so many retirements, but their brother is not forgotten. Jackie is still there and so is Lonnie and Shipp, oh and Potter...he is working K9 now. But you know that...I am grateful to Cinquimani for his total respect and kindness.
We will have your EOW brief ceremony at the bridge, and then we will go to Arlington cemetery. They have held their promise to honor and remember, they have not failed you.
Although this month brings so much emotional strain, so much of the sadness that goes along with it, I find comfort in the faces of the department's respect to our family. I have always loved that. I know some family survivors do not have that after their officer has died in the line of duty. I cherish it always.
Thank you for the little signs you still make known when it's hard to go on sometimes, I keep alert to that and it brings a smile when tears are flowing. I know you know, and I know you love me.
Preston is so much a part of our world now and he reminds me of you in very special ways. I always give him an extra hug and hold him close for you.
Love you Ricky.

Maria Barreda-Alvarado

February 1, 2020

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