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Border Patrol Agent Jefferson L. Barr

United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

End of Watch Friday, January 19, 1996

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Reflections for Border Patrol Agent Jefferson L. Barr

Wow, 25 years have gone by and our memories of him are still strong. I have been to many gatherings and memories of Jeff are still spoken. I got to work with Jeff during those eight quick years and as others reported it was always a good time. We worked hard and kept busy. Jeff was extremely productive. He could jump barbed wire fences like a white tailed buck and his night vision was 20-20. He believed in our Mission. He was always on the hunt. I recall once he was going on vacation and he showed me a trail being used on the Bowles. He told me it was due for narcotics. He tasked me (I was a Sup by then) to catch the bad guys. I didn't want to let him down so I worked it all I could. I never caught them but I tried. I didn't want to disappoint Jeff. He was great to work with, fun at choir practice, and always had your back. RIP

Luis Valderrama
Border Patrol

January 20, 2021

Agent Barr,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country and to the Patrol. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

A fellow BPA

United States Border Patrol

January 19, 2021

Jeff, I was recently reviewing this memorial and honoring the fallen agents I knew. Honoring the heroes who are being demonized by dishonorable people. I now wear an honor band for you.

I read the reflections of our fellow EGT agents and I get choked up remembering you and the times I was your trainee. You were the single greatest influence on me as I started my BP career. I came in for duty seven hours after the M25 engagement you had. No words can tell the devastation one feels when a fellow agent and mentor dies in the line of duty. I was honored and privileged to be immediately assigned (with Steve) to accompany you to San Antonio. I’m honored to this day.

May God bless Leigh Ann, Tiffany and Cody

Gary Baer, BPA/BP Pilot/AIA
USBP/CBP Air & Marine

November 21, 2020

Rest in peace Border Patrol Agent Barr.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 1, 2019

Like everybody else, my heart sunk when I learned about Jeff's passing. I was a big blow to all of us, his buddies at work. Jeff was one of the most humble guys I have ever met and still get a lump in my throat thinking about him today. Our job is a difficult one and Jeff is always on my mind when talking with the younger agents about the dangers and staying alert. Leigh Ann, Tiffany, and Cody, we still mourn with you.

Edgar P. Cano, Watch Commander, FTB

January 25, 2018

Twenty one years have passed and we still love you and miss you
and see your spirit in Tiffany and Cody!! You would be so proud of
your children and those precious little boys of Tiffany's.(Harper and
Eli). We keep the memories of happy times in our hearts and we
will remember you until we meet again!!

Maxine & Lynn Halamicek
mother and father in law

January 19, 2017

Another year has passed but seems like just such a short time ago. Never had the good fortune to know BPA Barr in life but investigating this terrible loss when it happened brought me to know what a wonderful son, husband, father, colleague, and friend to so many. He is a hero who paid the ultimate sacrifice simply trying to keep drugs out of our country and away from our children.

SA Mike Wise

January 19, 2017

Rest in Peace Agent Jefferson Barr. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice. I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers.

I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw at the flesh of your murderers.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston,TX

January 20, 2016

We lost you twenty years ago today but we will always love you and miss you! We keep you and all the precious memories of times spent with you in the Treasure Box in our hearts. You were a wonderful husband, father and son-in-law! We thank God for the time we had with you! Rest In Peace !

Lynn & Maxine Halamicek
Mother & Father In Law

January 19, 2016

Gone but NEVER forgotten!

Adam S. Roberts
U.S. Park Ranger
Law Enforcement Officer
U.S. Department of the Interior
National Park Service

January 19, 2016

A Happy Heavenly Birthday Jeff! You became one of our family when you married our daughter. We loved you like a son. You were a wonderful husband and father. You would be so proud of Tiffany and Cody! Tiffany has two little boys that hear about you regularly. We will keep you in our hearts until we meet again!

Lynn and Maxine Halamicek
Family - In laws

November 16, 2015

Our family lost a precious gift January 19,1996. He was a dedicated
husband, father and friend. He loved his job and fellow agents.
He is forever on our minds and in our hearts. It was never good bye. It's we'll see you later.

Leigh Ann Barr-Smith

January 19, 2015

We lost you nineteen years ago today! Our hearts were broken then and your memory will always be carried in our hearts. Your love for our daughter, Leigh Ann and your children, Tiffany and Cody knew no bounds. You will always be missed by those who knew and loved you! Rest In Peace! Yours was a job well done!

Maxine & Lynn Halamicek
In Laws

January 19, 2015

Forever in my heart. Not a day goes by that I'm not missing you. I am always telling your grandson about you.

Tiffany (Barr) Moorman

February 17, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 16th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never dimishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered.. I pray for the solace of all those who love and miss you for I know the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today. The reflections left by your friends show what an amazing man you were.
Rest In Peace

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

January 19, 2012

RIP Agent Barr, you will never be forgotten. You have touched many hearts, with good memories. You shall always be remembered.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

January 19, 2012

I also happen to come across this memorial page of my friend Jeff. In 1996, I was detailed to Campo, Ca. submitting a T&A after a midnight shift when a supervisor announced an agent had been shot and killed in Eagle Pass. As fast as he said the name of Jefferson Barr, I snatched the teletype out of his hands dropping to my knees crying like a baby.

I was on the same Sector SRT team and was one of the chosen to carry him to his resting place by Leigh Ann. I cried for Jeff then and I still cry for him today.

All my Love Brother, Keep the Faith.

Pat Mendoza, Retired

July 4, 2011

I was with Jeff in Eagle Pass, and working with him was like being a kid on an adventure. We took care of business, but we had a blast doing the job. Years later I was working as an Inspector in San Diego when someone told me a PA in Texas had been killed. I was told his name was 'Jefferson' so I figured it was someone from a new class that I didn't know personally. Later in the day, someone told me it was Jefferson Barr and my heart nearly sunk. I remember me and Jeff stopping at the dead body of a possum along the road. The frightened babies were still clinging to their dead mother. Jeff took them off one-by-one and put them in the truck to take home. He cared for them until they were old enough to release as I recall. Jeff was also the kind of guy who would pick up a rattlesnake by the tail, just to scare the hell out of a trainee (like me). What a wonderful guy. I miss you buddy/Ed Pendergast--Los Angeles

Ed Pendergast/Adjudication Officer

May 12, 2011

Gone But Not Forgotten, thoughts and prayers remain with the family, friends, co-workers and Dept of Agent Barr. "It's not how these officers died that made them Heroes, it's how the lived".

South Texas Concerns of Police Survivors
President/Surviving Spouse

January 19, 2011

Your story was told to us long before we arrived in Eagle Pass from the Academy. You were the example of how to never give up. You are not forgotten.
J.D. Jenkins Class 346


January 19, 2010

What can I say about Jeff that has not been said already? He was a great person and i am honored to have met him. I lived (my parents still live there)less than a city block from Jeffs house. Rancho Escondido trailer park was a great place to grow up because most of my friends parents were Agents and they were cool looking in uniform(my thoughs at the age of 16 years of age). Jeff was a genuine hero to me and to most of the of kids in the neighborhood. His dogs would anxiously wait for him when he came home and they would rushed him when he opened that front chain link gate.Wife and children followed soon after. It sounds like a movie scene but in my mind i knew it was like, all that stress from work just melted away once he was home and safe. The golden gates have opened and now Jeff is home and safe. I remember him often, especially when I walk through Arlington National Cemetery (I live in D.C. now)I try to go frequently because heros are never to be forgotten and should be honored. Jeff is a hero and will be missed dearly.

Rudy D. Martinez

April 27, 2009

As I look at the faces of the men and women here, I see the faces of my co-workers. I can imagine each of them shooting the bull and swapping war stories at choir practice as the meat sizzles on the grill. I see them laughing, pranking and teasing their fellow agents, as we often do when we relieve stress. I wish that each of them were still here to share the good times.

And I feel compelled to look at each of the faces here and remember…to remember that each of them made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country and we should NEVER forget them or their service.

Too often the sacrifices of those who serve our country are overlooked or casually dismissed by the very public they served so selflessly. But WE should never forget them…each and every one of them. May they each rest in peace eternally in God’s loving embrace.

SBPA James Doran
US Border Patrol

July 22, 2008

SPA Barr is the kind of person we all strive to be one day. His attention to duty and his dedication to protecting this nation from the hordes of drug smugglers and criminal aliens who would do us harm is humbling to any law enforcement officer who wears the badge of a lawman. I never knew you but your are my brother in life and after death. You are a true warrior in every sense of the word. God bless you and your family. I hope to one day meet you in the lord's grace. Until then may you rest in peace. Your brother in green.

SPA. A. Mederos
U.S. Border Patrol

SPA A. Mederos
US. Border Patrol

July 12, 2008

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

March 19, 2008



January 11, 2008

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