Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Reserve Deputy Lawrence M. Barnes, Sr.

Ross County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, October 18, 2006

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Reflections for Reserve Deputy Lawrence M. Barnes, Sr.

Lawrence, just wanted to drop a line and say hi. I sure do miss you, Rick, Ed and Ray. I know the 4 of you are up there having a spectacular time and I know God will enjoy all of you just like I did. I know at least one of you will have Him in stitches with a joke or a prank at least once a day.

Enjoy your time on the golden highway until we can get up there with ya.

Ross County Ohio Deputy Sheriff

February 9, 2007

Thank you for your years of service to your community. Rest in Peace.

CA Reserve Ofc.

I DUkic
no relation

February 8, 2007

--"If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded." -- Maya Angelou

Aloha Reserve Deputy Lawrence Barnes Sr.,
Thank you for your service and dedication to your community and your country. You served for 30 years, selflessly and tirelessly with the Ross County Sherriff's Office. This in itself is an outstanding commitment and achievement in which I honor you in this tribute today sir. You and all officers that continue to lay your lives on the line and pay the ultimate sacrifice to keep our communities and country safe, will NEVER be forgotten.

I personally pledge, (after one of Hawaii's own, Honolulu Police Officer Steve Favela, lost his life in the line of duty protecting our Commander in Chief, President George W. Bush), to become a continuum of the ODMP light. That light is in the form of an ODMP tribute. People from all walks of life, regardless of age, race, religion, profession, education, and geographical location can share here. That "LIGHT" comes from within the heart and soul of every person who cares to share a word or two on behalf of each and every fallen officer. Every fallen officer is an hero. The ODMP; Officer Down Memorial Page gives us a place to come together and share our feelings as one family. May we find comfort as we give comfort to the families who have lost a loved one.

As we say in Hawaii, “We are`Ohana.” We are family. God Bless this fallen hero. May we embrace him as one of our own family member; our `Ohana. No one will ever be able to replace you for you were unique and very special. No one; not in this lifetime. May God allow you to rest in His Divine peace.

Reserve Deputy Lawrence Barnes Sr., I wish you, your beautiful and strong wife which includes your loved ones, your fellow officers, and friends, peace and love beyond all understanding.
Me Ke Aloha Pumehana. (With warm and sincere Aloha).

May this Hawaiian prayer give all those who read it comfort. Godspeed. Amen.


Peace be with you, All My Peace,
O ka Maluhia no me oe, Ku'u Maluhia a pau loa,

The Peace that is " I ", the Peace that is "I am".
Ka Maluhia o ka "I", owau no ka Maluhia,

The Peace for always, now and forever and evermore.
Ka Maluhia no na wa a pau, no ke'ia wa a mau a mau loa aku.

My Peace " I " give to you, My Peace " I " leave with you,
Ha'awi aku wau I ku'u Maluhia ia oe, waiho aku wau I ku'u Maluhia me oe,

Not the world's Peace, but, only My Peace,
The Peace of " I ".

A'ole ka Maluhia o ke ao aka, ka'u Maluhia wale no,
Ka Maluhia o ka "I".

Moana V.C. Molale (Private Citizen)
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

January 9, 2007

Well Lawrence, the holidays are approaching and this will be the first Janet and your family will endure. All of us at both departments miss you very much. We all know that you are in a better place although it is hard to accept. We still want you here with us.

May God bless everyone you knew and everyone you influenced in your life. Please watch over Freddie, I know he misses you more every day and it is hard to see his heart breaking.

Enjoy your walk on the highway above, you my friend deserve it! God Speed Buddy

Chillicothe Ohio Police Department

December 4, 2006

I come to the ODMP often to remember my late fiancé Dennis. Everytime I come here it breaks my heart to know that yet another officer has fallen and that yet another family has to live their lives without the man they loved. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Deputy Barnes, especially to his wife. Know that you are not alone in the "journey" that you walk. Should you ever need anything please don't hesitate to contact me. The Davis Co. Sheriff's Office in Iowa will always know how to reach me. You will be in my thoughts.

From reading the reflections left for Lawrence, he sounds like he was a great man with a beautiful spirit. Those of you who knew him in life were so blessed to have been able to share in it. I hope that you will all continue to find a way to celebrate and remember Lawrence's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that Lawrence's life was about so much more than the way he died. Lawrence will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Deputy Barnes, thank you for helping to make this world a little safer for us all. YOU will not be forgotten. Please continue to watch over all of us as only you can. If you happen to bump into my late fiancé Dennis up there give him a big hug for me and the kids. It's been almost four years but we still miss him terribly.

Wishing you brighter and better days,

Jocelyne :)

"Forever Remembering 26-3"

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Surviving Fiancee of Deputy Dennis R. McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

November 26, 2006

While it is no consolation for your loss, my heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family and fellow officers of Deputy Barnes.

While I did not have the privilege to have known him personally, I am certain that he has found a place in heaven through his selfless service to those he swore to protect.

Rest in peace my friend; those of us who remain will cover your post on the thin blue line.

Officer Ryan McNeil
Medicine Lodge, KS Police Department

October 30, 2006

Dear Deputy Barnes, family and Law Enforcement family,

In John 15:13 the Lord stated “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”, however, Deputy Barnes did not necessarily lay down his life for his friends.
Rather he laid down his life for his community. We do not forget that he gave the greatest sacrifice in the name of freedom, liberty and justice for people he did not know or even met. Freedom, liberty and justice are just mere words until brave men such as Deputy Barnes went where others would not.

As each generation of law enforcement officer passes the torch to the next generation, the previous generation leaves us with a moral mandate. That mandate is that we shall not forget those whom have come before us. As we reflect on the ultimate sacrifice he gave his family, the citizens, and fellow officers, we follow the moral mandate, WE DO NOT FORGET! We should live with a permanent crick in our necks from looking backwards at his ultimate sacrifice.

The next generation of torch bearers will learn that cops’ do three things: lock up bad guys, take care of business and help others when they cannot help themselves. People may not remember what is wrote on these pages, but your community can never forget that he gave the ultimate sacrifice!

There are not words in the English language that can capture what Deputy Barnes life meant, which was that his life in law enforcement was not just a way to live, but a way to live ‘greatly’. Therefore as you pray tonight, pray that when our children are sixty and their children are sixty that there are great men exactly like Deputy Barnes who are willing to put themselves in harms way to protect those who could not or would not protect themselves.

Deputy Barnes will not be forgotten because great men take up space even when gone!

Lt. Bob Meader
Zone 5 Day Watch
Columbus, Ohio Police

Lt. Bob Meader
Columbus Ohio Police

October 25, 2006

My thoughts and prayers to all who knew and miss Deputy Barnes.

May God lay His healing hands upon the family.

Retired Captain Joe L. Gilliland
Danville, KY PD

October 25, 2006

I have never met this officer but I want to reach out to his family and friends. I am expericening the sane thing right now and I know nothing anybody says or does offers much comfort, but I wanted the family to know that they are in my thoughts.

Bridget Risner

Bridget R
widow of fellow trooper

October 25, 2006

God Speed, Deputy Barnes. The State of Ohio loses another warrior. Your fellow deputies will carry the loss forever. May you and your family be touched by the hand of God.

M. Moore

October 25, 2006

The Ross County S.O. was graced with your presence in that you served 30 years as a Road Deputy prior to becoming a Reserve Deputy. Your service and experience to the S.O. is second to none to The Sheriff, his deputies the administrative department, as well as to the citizens of Ross County. God be with you! Jeff S.

PO Jeffrey D. Schwendenmann
Cheviot Police

October 24, 2006

You are an important part of the Thin Blue Line and you will be missed, may you Rest in Peace.

Officer Thomas Wiederhold #1890
Fort Worth Police,Tx

October 24, 2006

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. Ambrose Redmoon

Reserve Deputy Barnes -- Your courage and dedication to the good of your community will not be forgotten.

To all those touched by the loss of Reserve Deputy Barnes -- Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Colorado Springs (CO) Police Protective Association

October 24, 2006

On behalf of the Lawrence County Reserve Deputies Association I would like to extend condolences to the family and friends of Deputy Barnes. At times like this words of comfort do not seem adequate, but perhaps knowing that brother and sister officers share in your loss will give some comfort. The years of service that your loved one provided to your community are testament to a life well lived and worth while. Hopefully that will give you something to look to and hold to in your time of grief.
Rest in peace brother.

Dep. Wade Barnett
Lawrence County (TN) Reserve Deputies

Deputy Wade Barnett (Reserve)
Lawrence County Sheriff's Office Tennessee

October 23, 2006

Dear Family, Friends, and Co-Workers of Reserve Deputy Lawrence Barnes Sr.,

We are so sorry to here about your tragic loss of Reserve Deputy Lawrence Barnes Sr. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in support during this very difficult time. We know that sometimes there is little comfort that comes from words. Keep focused as you can on the memories and joyous times for these things may bring you comfort. Rely heavily on family, friends, and other law enforcement for support. Honor your fallen loved one, for their sacrifice will not be forgotten. Reserve Deputy Lawrence Barnes Sr. is a hero.


Alissa Scott
Widow of Beryl Wayne Scott
E.O.W. 09-10-02

Lisa Schultz
Widow of Don Schultz
E.O.W. 05-12-04

Co-Founders of Survivor Help Network

October 23, 2006

To Deputy Lawrence Barnes

Thank you for your dedicated service. You will be missed by your family, friends, and all members of the police department family. No words I can say can easy your family's pain as I have found. We are praying for you and your family.

Brother of PO Jeremy Chambers 101
E.O.W. 04-24-2006

PO Chris Chambers
St Louis County Police Dept Mo

October 22, 2006

To the family and friends of Deputy Lawrence Barnes Sr. and to his fellow officers of the Ross County Sheriff's Office:

I was so saddened to learn of the tragic death of this dedicated officer who safeguarded his community for thirty years. On behalf of our entire family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you sustained when Deputy Barnes was tragically killed in the line of duty.

May you be comforted and supported by the warm embrace of your law enforcement family, and by other police survivors who share your painful journey.

My heart goes out to his family. In reading the reflections abouth him, it is obvious that he profoundly touched the lives of many people and that he was an amazing husband, father, family member, friend and peer. That is a wonderful legacy to leave to all those who cared for him.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the service Deputy Barnes gave to his community and the citizens of Ohio, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on October 18, 2006.

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

October 22, 2006

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

October 22, 2006



October 21, 2006

Thank you for your unselfishess in protecting our community. May you rest in Heaven with the Good Lord above. God Bless your family.

Mel Brandau
Wife of patrol officer

October 21, 2006

Rest in peace brother, catch ya on the flip/flop.


October 21, 2006

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

October 21, 2006

Deputy Barnes,
Thank You for your service as a full time and reserve Deputy. You and your family are in our prayers. Rest Easy Brother!

Dep. Paul Sperandeo, Ofc. Amy Sperandeo
Jefferson Parish Sheriffs Office, Gretna Police Dept, La

October 20, 2006

May God Bless your soul. This should not have happened and I try everyday to understand WHY people don't pay attention when they are driving. It doesn't take much to slow down and move over so the officers and emergency personnel working the roadways can do their job. If people would do just pay attention and move over, you, my son, and many other officers would still be here, doing what they love to to do. My heart goes out to your family. God Speed brother and thank you for your service.

Stepmother of Broward Sheriff's Deputy Ryan Seguin
E.O.W. 2-15-06

Lori Seguin
Ft. Lauderdale Police Retiree

October 20, 2006

To the family of Deputy Lawrence Barnes Sr.

On behalf of the CMPD Reserve we want to express our sincere condolonces to this deputies family and office. Reserves of any agency exemplify the Spirit of America in their support of the communities they serve and protect.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time and in the weeks to come.

Commander Cormier
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
Charlotte, NC

Commander Ted Cormier
Charlotte-Mecklneburg Police Dept. NC

October 20, 2006

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