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Patrol Sergeant Roger E. Barrett

Waco Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, June 12, 1976

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Reflections for Patrol Sergeant Roger E. Barrett

Rest in peace Patrol Sergeant Barrett.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 28, 2020

Dear Brother Roger, today as a Dallas Police Officer is laid to rest I remember you as well. I was just a young man of 18 years old when the news of your tragedy rang out across the city of Waco, TX.
The news spread like wildfire. I had the privilege of knowing you from a Christian standpoint of life. You were a person of big stature yet a God fearing man with a meek and humble heart. Never quick to temper. My father preached your funeral and he was heartbroken. He delivered a message that day "that whosoever believeth in HIM (GOD) should not perish but have everlasting life " knowing that you had entered those gates.
You led by example. Rest in Peace.

Wesley Adams

May 1, 2018

Rest in Peace Sergeant Roger E. Barrett. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Waco, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family. I also Pray that while your murderer still takes a breath on this earth that the hounds of hell gnaw on his bones as he sleeps. May his soul forever burn in the lake of fire.


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

June 12, 2016

I remember Sgt.Barrett's funeral. I was working at Connally-Compton at the time. There were other things from that day that still stick in my mind. Such a tragic day.

Steven Vest

January 27, 2016

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 15, 2015

I was honored to send off my 'No Parole' letter today for you, my brother in blue. Thank you for your sacrifice and may you forever, rest in peace. You are a true AMERICAN HERO !!!

My prayers continue to be with your family, friends and co-workers.


Sgt. Mitch Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

January 21, 2014

My "No Parole" will go out today, God Bless you my brother of the badge. God Bless your Family, Friends and Department.

Bob Reed, Retired Police Officer
South Lake Tahoe Police Department

January 18, 2014

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 36th 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

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

November 18, 2012

Sgt. Barrett - thank you for your service and dedication. Neither you, nor your sacrifice, have been forgotten.

Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of US Marshal

October 22, 2009

"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 5, 2008



October 10, 2007

I was just starting my career when you were taken from us. Even after 31 years, you are STILL a hero, and will NEVER be forgotten. Thank you for your deication and your sacrifice.

DET SGT Mark, Retired

June 12, 2007

Roger was my first patrol sergeant. The first "rookie" arrest I made was a huge man trying to kill his wife. When I got to the salley port Sgt. Barrett was waiting at the booking desk and said "Boy, why don't you pick on the big ones", of course my head and chest were so big from the arrest, I replied something to the effect of "I try Sgt". I loved Roger as a Sgt. and as a friend, he never gave up on me and told me one day I would have a long career in Law Enforcement behind me..well I did 33 years in the profession never forgetting the friend that encouraged me when I got discouraged. I believe his wife has the same first name as mine..Shirley...Rest in peace my brother..see you soon...Bob Lester Badge #147

Bob Lester, retired police officer
Midland PD

April 13, 2007

Today, 29 years after his death we honor Sergeant Roger E. Barrett for his service, dedication and sacrifice for his fellow man. He will always be remembered as a true American hero.
I did not know Sergeant Barrett but it makes no difference. We are indebted.
May God continue to bless and keep safe the men and women of the Waco Police Department.

Patrolman Doug Hutchison
irving Police Department, Texas, retired.

June 12, 2005

Sarge, I was a Cadet at the time of your murder. I was on the roof doing some repair work when I heard it on the radio. My heart sank and I was sick. I can remember the funeral, my first of many police funerals to attend. There were so many cars and officers that attended. May you be resting in peace sarge... You and Kelinski were my favorite two sergeants...It has been a long time and many years since I was there at Waco PD but memories will always exist

Steve Grube Chaplain
Grand Prairie Police Dept.

July 29, 2004

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