Chief of Police Guy Oakley Barnett, Sr.

Chief of Police Guy Oakley Barnett, Sr.

Waverly Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Sunday, February 26, 1978

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Guy Oakley Barnett, Sr.

Chief Barnett was killed when a propane tanker car exploded following a train derailment. The explosion occurred as work crews were cleaning up the area two days after the derailment. The crews were attempting to move the tank car when it exploded, killing Chief Barnett and 15 civilians. Three other police officers were injured.

Chief Barnett was survived by his wife and three sons.


  • Age 45
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Incident Details

  • Cause Explosion

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Rest in God's loving embrace, hero. You will never be forgotten.

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July 23, 2014

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