Officer Charles E. Barden

Officer Charles E. Barden

Peoria Park District Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, August 24, 1938

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Charles E. Barden

Officer Charles Barden was killed in a motorcycle accident while testing out his police motorcycle.

Officer Barden had been experiencing mechanical difficulties with the motorcycle and was told to have it taken to maintenance for repair. He was testing his motorcycle when it suddenly went off the side of the road. Before Officer Barden was able to regain control he hit a parked truck and was killed.

Officer Barden had served with the Peoria Park District Police Department for only six weeks. He was survived by his wife, mother, three brothers and a sister.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 1 month, 2 weeks
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 75th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 12, 2013

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