Sergeant Barbara Majors Fenley

Sergeant Barbara Majors Fenley

Eastland County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, March 17, 2022

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Barbara Majors Fenley

Sergeant Barbara Fenley was killed while trying to evacuate residents during the rapidly moving Eastland Complex Fires.

She was going door-to-door in the Carbon area in an attempt to notify citizens to leave the area when the area became inundated with smoke and low visibility. Her patrol car drove off the roadway and became engulfed in flames.

The Eastland Complex Fires had already burned over 45,000 acres at the time of Sergeant Fenley's death.

Sergeant Fenley had served with the Eastland County Sheriff's Office for nine years and had previously served with the Gorman Police Department for 10 years, including six years as the police chief. She is survived by her husband and three children.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Fire


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It is my pleasure and honor to investigate this fate of yours. As I trace your steps I'm am finding how fearless you were in going house to house along that county road. You were busying yourself, protecting those you who were in your care, alerting the those thinking of staying in place and urging them to evacuate.

My prayers for your family, friends, colleagues of the Eastland LE Family.

R.I.P. - Sister in Blue: Barbara Fenley, Sergeant, Eastland County Sheriff's Office

Thomas B. Sing, Chief Investigator (Ret)
Texas State Fire Marshal

February 20, 2023

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