Policeman Orimel E. Barney

Policeman Orimel E. Barney

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, November 21, 1917

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Orimel E. Barney

Policeman Orimel Barney was killed in a fire while on duty.

Policeman Barney died fighting a fire at the Soldier's Home, which is now known as the Veterans Administration Hospital in Westwood, near the area of the National Cemetery in West Los Angeles. A day after the fire was extinguished his burned remains were found. He is the only Los Angeles police officer ever killed in the line of duty as a result of fighting a fire.

He had recently returned to duty after resigning due to being injured.

Policeman Barney had served with the agency for seven years and was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Fire

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Officer Barney,
On today, the 102nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Los Angeles.


United States Border Patrol

November 21, 2019

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