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Police Officer James E. Barmore

Santa Paula Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, February 7, 1953

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Reflections for Police Officer James E. Barmore

Several years ago I attended the dedication of the Police Memorial in Santa Paula. A former Officer was there and spoke at the event. Seems that he had attended Santa Paula High and James had gone to Fillmore HS. They got into a fight and the man (I can't recall his name) said that he was much larger than James and thought it would be an easy fight. James beat him to a pulp.
While he was nursing his wounds, James came up to him and shook his hand, saying that he was sorry for hurting him. The man became a motor Officer with SPPD and when he resigned, James took his position. The pickup truck that James ran into while responding to the accident was being driven by this man.
I have often speculated if there was some horseplay going on that went horribly wrong?

Detective Sergeant Gary Marshall
Santa Paula Police

January 13, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Barmore.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 23, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. You are not forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

February 7, 2018

It was my honor to work with you, Jim. We were only about 10 feet apart on that fateful day and the vivid memory will be with me forever. We both observed the pickup pull over but not in time for you to avoid it. May you soul rest with God.

Art Sallee

Santa Paula PD (1951 to 1960)
Friend and felllow officer

January 5, 2014

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

Officer 11169

January 22, 2012

During a day trip, my wife and I drove through the town of Santa Paula and stopped at the the "Oil" Museum where they had a section about the history of the Santa Paula PD. There I learned of the death of this young Officer. I realize I was only a year old when this tragedy occurred, but as I read the newspaper account, it brought sadness to me. I felt for the family and what they must have gone through. Surprisingly in the old days, newspapers listed the names of people who made the news. The address of Officer Barmore is listed in the story. I drove past the location and could not help but feel a tightness in my chest. Probably the same feeling the officers who made the notification to the wife experienced 58 years ago. God bless Officer James Barmore and his family. And may God bless all of the members of the Santa Paula Police Department.

Detective Sal Gallegos #22173
Los Angeles PD, Retired

October 3, 2011

I attended the Police Memorial services on May 21, 2011.
It was very moving, and a stood with a lump in my throat for almost the whole ceremony. I was filled with great pride to be a citizen of Santa Paula on that day.

I am honored to have become acquainted with many of the current officers on the force, any pray for their daily safety.

The city of Santa Paula is truly fortunate to have such a dedicated group of professionals to watch over us as we sleep, and conduct our daily lives.

Thank you, Members of the Santa Paula Police Department.
It is an honor and a privilage to be of your acquaintance!

Citizen Cathy Carter
Citizen of Santa Paula

May 26, 2011

I am thankful to have been at the memorial dedication for you yesterday in Santa Paula. Although you have been gone for many years, you are clearly not forgotten.

Judge Ryan Wright
Ventura County Superior Court

May 22, 2011

My heart goes out to those you left behind. You are not forgotten.

Constable Amanda Pandolfi
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada

February 7, 2011

I was a 10 year old boy living on Virginia Terrace near Ojai Road when I heard the commotion and ran to the intersection. The memory of officer Barmore lying near his motorcycle is with me to this day. I am grateful that at long last, a memorial in his honor is planned in Santa Paula.

Wendell Dowling

September 8, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 56th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mother of Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05


February 7, 2009

After the tragic death of Office Barmore, the City Council decided that they would no longer have motorcycle officers on the Police Dept.
In 2003 I wrote a grant to fund a motorcycle officer position and we now have a motor officer on the beat. It is my hope that this will reduce the number of people hurt or killed in traffic accidents, and I'm sure Office Barmore would agree. Rest in Peace.

Sgt. Gary Marshall (retired)
Santa Paula Police

November 1, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

February 5, 2008

Rest in Peace Motorman. You are not forgotten.

Motor Officer Danny Johnson
Metro Nashville Police Dept.

February 7, 2007

Rest in peace motorman.

Ofc. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Dept.

February 5, 2004

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