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Officer Larry Barkwell

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Tuesday, June 19, 1973

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Reflections for Officer Larry Barkwell

Today is 49 years since your precious life was taken from us !!!
You are missed by myself , your former wife Lois. Your children as well as many family members.
You have a lot of grand children that never got to know you in person but they know you thru all of us.
You will never be forgotten ❣️❣️❣️
We all Love You ❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️

Linda Barkwell
Marietta Police Department

June 19, 2022

Tomorrow would be your 81 st Birthday ! It’s hard to imagine !!
June 19 2021 would be 48 years since that horrible day that Lee Anderson took your life from your family.
We miss you still to this day !!!!
Your Wife

Patrolman Linda Barkwell
Marietta Police Dept

April 17, 2021

And you were born on my dad's 34th birthday. Rest in peace Officer Barkwell.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 22, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Barkwell.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 22, 2020

When I started at APD they didn't have a formal FTO program. If you were lucky you got teamed up with a good officer. I was fortunate enough to walk a footbeat with Larry on several occasions. We walked on the midnight shift. I learned a lot in a short time. Thanks for the knowledge that you shared, it helped me stay safe for many years.

Coral Springs

June 19, 2020

Thank you for your service and know that your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo (Retired)
Delaware State Police

June 19, 2020

Today is the 47 Anniversary of your death. We miss you just as much today as we did 47 years ago.
You have a Son in Law that is a Police Officer. He’s married to Sabrina.
You’d be proud of him !! He takes really good care of our daughter !!!!
I wish you were here to be a part of their lives. Our country is in a horrible time now. There is no respect for the Police anymore !!! I fear for Sabrina’s husband Mike’s life !! I would hate for her to feel the pain I felt when your life Was taken from me !!!!!! She stays so worried about him. It’s awful what we’re seeing now. !!!!
RIP You are in our


June 19, 2020

Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

June 20, 2018

Dad.. 45 years today.. i dreamt of you last night. Strange because I never really “knew” you..but you were in my dream. I wish so hard you were still here alive to see us all. I will love you always.

Sabrina Barkwell DeWald

June 19, 2018

Larry, I will never forget that day on Broad Street in the summer of 1973. My partner and I had just finished lunch at Yorks Pool Hall on Pryor Street when the 63 went out. I have an indelible memory of the scene that day. It's amazing that I think about you often after almost 43 years. I pray that your wife and children know how much you meant to your brothers in blue.

And to your children: Your dad was an excellent police officer, a man's man and a kind soul. He had a great sense of humor and confident assurance about himself. He was an imposing figure and there was always a sense of relief when he was my back-up.
God bless you and may you proudly carry on his legacy.

Ptl Grady Staton
Cobb County Police Department

April 14, 2016

Larry I will never forget you and the times we might have had. Within days of you death you and I would be Partners on SWAT. A great Police Officer , friend , Husband , Father , The world is a lesser place without you , but a far better place because you were here. Rest in peace Brother

Patrolman JP (Buck) Buchanan

August 23, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 19, 2015

Always in my heart. We have two of the most awesome grandkids.
You are missed.

Linda Barkwell

September 15, 2013

Today would have been my Dad's 73rd birthday...I just happened to click on this site while going thru my favorites list. I haven't been on here in a few years...Strange how things work like that.
Happy Birthday Dad! Love you and wish you were still here with us. For I am now a Police Officer's Wife :)

Sabrina Barkwell DeWald

April 18, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 39th anniversary year 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 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.

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections.

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

November 27, 2012

Uncle Larry,

I never knew who you where, I was born 2 years after you where taken from us and only learned about you nearly 30 years after the fact, I would have never of known who you were if it wasn't for your loving wife Linda (my father's sister) who told me so much about you in the summer of 2003, I wish that I had known you I am sure we would have had a lot of good times together....Keep watch over us all especially you children and grandchildren they miss you more than you can imagine.

Edward Broadaway

October 17, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Barkwell. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 17, 2012

Officer Barkwell,
Tonight I had the accidental pleasure and honor of meeting your beautliful daughter, Donna, at a Christomas party. After learing that I was also a police officer she told me the story of you and the sacrifice you so selflessly made. Although it happend so long ago, it has no less impact or meaning to those who have been left behind. Although I did not know you, I hold in great reverence your willingness to stand against lawlessness and inequity. I have served as a Beaumont Police Officer for nearly nine years and in that short time I have seen three of my fellow officers killed as well as countless others in nearby cities. As such, I'm am no stranger to the pain and suffering of losing someone so close. Although your young children were most likely not able to comprehend the loss of their father, I only pray that they and their mother understand the incredible honor and pride that can only be theirs to have laid such a costly sacrifice upon the alter of freedom. You shall never be forgotten. May you soul rest in peace my elder brother.....
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing" Author, Edmund Burke.....

Officer Robert Rector
Beaumont Police Dept. Beaumont Tx.

December 12, 2009

You were highlighted on the website today. You were so young when you started your L.E. career and were a kid yourself when you had your daughter. It
is sooo sad you missed out on raising your kids and grandkids. Time has not
diminished your service nor sacrifice, nor the love your family has for you.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA


January 9, 2009

The Final Inspection

The warrior stood and faced God,
Which will always come to pass,
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

“Step forward now, old warrior,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my church have you been true?”

The warrior squared his shoulders and
Said, “No, Lord, I guess I ain’t,
‘Cause those of us who carry guns
Can’t always be saint.

“I’ve had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough,
And sometimes I’ve been violent,
‘Cause the world is awfully rough.

“But, I never took a penny
That wasn’t mine to keep.
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep,

“And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear,
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I’ve wept unmanly tears.

“I know I don’t deserve a place
Among the people here,
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fears.

“If you’ve a place for me here, Lord,
It needn’t be so grand. In life
I didn’t expect nor need too much,
So if you don’t, I’ll understand.”

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod,
As the warrior stood quietly.
For the judgment of his God.

“Step forward now, my warrior,
You’ve born your burdens well,
Walk peacefully on Heaven’s streets,
You’ve done your time in Hell.”

Erik Edge
Nephew of Ofc. Barkwell's wife.

December 22, 2008

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to my daddy in heaven...please take care of Randall! Mom misses him so much..but I know he is safe there with you and Granny and Pappy! Keep watch over us all! I love you and miss you, even though you I was only 2 when you died!

Sabrina Barkwell Turner

December 22, 2008

I hate that his children and grand-children did not have the opportunity to know their father and grand-father. I try to keep his memory alive with them so that they know what a good and loved man he was. I know of no one that did not like and respect him as a person.
His daughter Sabrina was 2 yr. at the time of his death, so she has little or no memory of him. She has beautiful children. Jasmine is 3 and Ashton is 21 months now. They are very smart. I know he would love them and they would love him.
His step-son" Randall" was 9 yrs. at his death but always thought of hijm as his natural father. If you ever asked him about his Dad, he would talk about Larry. He had hig respects and Love for him. He died as a result of an auto accident on Dec. 13 ,2007. He is missed by all.
Larry's brother Anthony died last Jan.2,2008. His Mom resides alone in Melbourne, Fl. at a nursing home.
We all Love and Miss Larry .

Linda Barkwell
Wife/ Former Patrol Officer Marietta Ga. Police

December 22, 2008

I never had the chance to meet officer Barkwell. However, I did have the opportunity to know his wife and daughter. I saw his strength in them and I have always felt the pain for their loss. I also know his loss as I am a father of 3 girls and a husband.
This family will always have a place in my heart.

God bless you all.

Friend of the family

June 4, 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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

October 8, 2007

I have only heard great things about you,but never got to see you or talk to you before you were taken away.Your two grandsons and I are very proud to have had a Policeman for a grandfather and a Father.May your soul rest in peace.
Your only son,Kieth

Brian Kieth Barkwell
only son

June 2, 2007

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