Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Eric Cecil Barker, Sr.

DeKalb County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Wednesday, January 16, 2008

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Reflections for Police Officer Eric Cecil Barker, Sr.


It was one year ago today, we learned of the horrible loss Dekalb County PD, yours and Ricky's family, and community experienced. We recognized you and Ricky at our Candle Vigil this past December. In fact four of your Honor Guard came up to help us honor the two of you. We will never forget you.

Ellen Guerdat
Gates Police Victim Assistance
President Genesee Valley Concerns of Police Survivors

Ellen Guerdat
Gates Police Victim Assistance/President GV COPS

January 16, 2009

It was a year ago that we lost you. You were a good friend and territory partner. You taught me alot in the time I knew you. You will always be remembered.

MPO M.L. Williams
Dekalb County Police Department

January 15, 2009

We continue to have you and your colleague, Officer Ricky Bryant and both your families in our prayers. I often think of that terrible day almost a year ago and pray for continued peace and healing for your family in the tremendous loss they have suffered. There are no words deep enough to express our gratitude for the service you gave to this community.

Carolyn Henry Rader
Dekalb County resident

December 30, 2008

Almost one year since that terrible day. My brother in blue, continue to walk Heaven's beat. Your family, friends, and co-workers with the Deklab County Police Department are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless

Sr. Officer D. Johns
City of Sandy Springs Police, GA

December 22, 2008


I think about you, Ricky, and Step often. You're all missed, in my prayers and in the prayers of my little daughters.

Rest in Peace....God Speed in your new journey.

Your fellow officer and classmate.


MPO M.O. Miller #2263
Dekalb County PD - Uniform/Center/Morning

November 29, 2008

May God be continue to be with this family as you adjust to life without your loved you. May your hearts continue to be filled with peace that comes from God. God bless you.

Cleveland, OH

November 15, 2008

Wow its hard to believe that in just a few months it will be 1 year since the end of your watch, I was one of the first From Atlanta P.D to respond to the 63 that went up went you and your partner went down... I never did get to meet you but your still a brother in blue..... Rest in peace and may God bless your family.

Officer D.Villedrouin
Atlanta Police Department

November 5, 2008

To Officer Eric Barker and his loved ones:

On behalf of our family, we extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Eric and his fellow officer Ricky Bryant were tragically killed.

Eric, please know that your memory is honored and revered today. This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Officer Barker. I am so humbled by your valor and courage.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Eric gave to his community and the citizens of Georgia, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on January 16, 2008.

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


September 28, 2008

To those who loved Officer Barker, my heart goes to you all, especially to his fiancee. Know that you're not alone in this journey you walk. I lost my fiance in the line of duty January 2003 and my world was forever changed. Even as time as gone forward, and I've found many reasons and ways to smile, I still have not forgotten the man that he was. Dennis was a beautiful person and he forever has a part of my heart, just as I'm sure Eric will always be a part of yours.

It takes a special person to put their lives on the line everyday to make this world a little safer for us all. I know many of these men never would've thought of themselves as "heroes" but they were in so many ways. It's sad that it they had to lose their lives for some of us to see that. Having said that, thank you Officer Barker for helping to make this world a better place. You will not be forgotten here in Winnipeg. I know this isn't a very manly thing to do, but if you happen to run into Dennis up there, please give him a big hug for the kids and I. We miss him more than words can say.

Wishing those who loved you brighter and better days,


"Forever Remembering 26-3"

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancee to Deputy Dennis Ray McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

July 9, 2008

Happy Fourth of July Officer Barker .......I hope that you, Officer Bryant Jr. , and Detective Stephnowski are ok .....

Thank You.

Tommy Moody Jr.
plaza security LLC.

July 4, 2008

Officer Barker, I never got the honor to meet you but from what I have read and heard of you , you are a leader , the ideal father, son , and brother.........You are a true hero, and of course a perfect example of a proactive law enforcement official, a leader, and role model ...You will never be forgotten, It hurts me every time i think of losing you and Officer Bryant Jr...I don't cry as much now knowing that you are still protecting and patrolling the streets of Dekalb County in spirit ......forever.

Thank You , Officer Barker

Tommy Moody Jr.
plaza security

July 1, 2008

Officer Barker, I never got the honor to meet you but from what I have read and heard of you , you are a leader , the ideal father, son , and brother.........You are a true hero, and of course a perfect example of a proactive law enforcement official, a leader, and role model ...You will never be forgotten, It hurts me every time i think of losing you and Officer Bryant Jr...I don't cry as much now knowing that you are still protecting and patrolling the streets of Dekalb County in spirit ......forever.

Thank You , Officer Barker

Tommy Moody Jr.
plaza security

July 1, 2008

Eric I speak for the fellow men and women who served with you at the Dekalb County Police Department-South Precinct-Evening Watch. Your sense of humor, strong values, inherent wisdom, dilligent work ethics, presence as a fellow officer and true friend will be deeply missed. Over the last four years that we have worked with have shown us how to be a fair, respectful, and aggressive officer. More importantly you were a great friend who would give the shirt off your back to help others in need. Eric you lived a exemplary life and left behind a legacy that most would only dream of by your faith in God, commitment to your family and duties as a Police Officer and in the Armed Forces. You served well....may you rest in peace.

M.P.O. A.E. Hardaway #2482
Dekalb Co. Police

June 22, 2008


I think about you often. You and your family are in my prayers.


MPO M.O. Miller #2263
DKPD - classmate in the 66th

June 15, 2008

I still can't believe you're gone. You always made us laugh in the 66th academy. We hated to see you leave us for Afghanistan. Most of us cried. You still managed to crack a joke at your farewell and make us all laugh. You could find a way to make people laugh in just about any situation. The department lost a great officer, but we all lost an even greater person.

DKPD Friend
DeKalb County Police

June 8, 2008

We will always remember Officer Eric Barker, and honor his name and his service. In his memory, we will never give up the fight against the vermin that infest our communities. But for those who brought down our brother, "The face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth." (Psalm 34:16)

Rest in Peace Officer Barker.

Deputy Jason O'Toole
Rockdale County Sheriff's Office

May 9, 2008

To the friends and family of Officer Barker I offer you my condolences. I'm sure Officer Barker was a great man, soldier and police officer. A rare breed amongst men to serve his country and then serve his community. I'm from Miami, FL where to many brothers in blue have fallen in recent months. Watch over all the soldiers and police officers from your place in Heaven. We'll keep up the good fight!

Sgt. Brandon Bestard
Team Leader/ US ARMY

April 8, 2008

As a former Police officer facing daily danger, I know the type of man your Eric Barker was. A decent citizen duly appointed to serve his community. I'm disabled, though not from anything I faced during my Police service.
This man with whom I'm proud to have two connections with:

1. Police officer.
2. His Name which we share.

May the Police Service there help and assist his family. May they in due time, know that he did not die in vain. He was a man trying in his own way to create a safe place for his community to live in. I pray His family are supported in their loss.

God go with you Eric, I pray too for your family. May they find comfort in their grief. God Bless them and those who look after them.

Eric Barker PC (Retired) Served in England UK.

Police Constable Retired

April 5, 2008

"We Remember the Officers"
We remember the officers who changed our lives,
The men and woman who protected us day and night,
People who respect for their dedication to the cause,
For when faced with danger, they never even pause.

We remember the officers who always stood true,
Whatever the color of uniform, brown gray or blue,
With pride and integrity they say "To serve and protect",
For the giving of their life, we offer our respect.

We remember the officers who we never really knew,
Persons strong enough to answer the challenge are few,
With heavy hearts we mourn the officers in eternal rest,
There's more to these people than the badge on their chest.

Corporal Napleon Brewer
Clarksdale, MS Police Department

April 1, 2008

Although I may not have known you, your still a brother and you've influenced us in many ways. Thank you for everything you taught us about ourselves and eachother. For Duty And Honor. 82.


March 22, 2008

We offer our heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Barker and we honor his distinguished service to the cause of justice and peace. Sadly, our nation has lost one of its finest citizens, a community has lost a friend and protector, and a family has lost an example of character and courage who they will love and respect forever. Today, because of the sacrifice Officer Barker has made, the house of freedom is stronger, sturdier, and more secure.

To the family, friends, and colleagues of Officer Barker, I would like you to know that a lot of people pray for you, and my hope is that their prayers will give you the strength necessary to move on. Just as you were always with him when he walked the beat or patrolled the streets, know that he will always be with you - wherever you may be. In the days to follow, may you be strengthened by the fact that Officer Barker is a man distinguished by exceptional courage and will always be admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. You, your family and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

For those who pledge to uphold it, Freedom requires a sacrifice the protected will never know.

Special Agent
FBI New York

March 21, 2008

Thank you and may GOD hold you near.


Officer N. Watson #2733
DeKalb County P.D.

March 10, 2008

May God be with the family, friends and Dept. of Officer Barker during their time of bereavement. It's always tragic to lose a loved one unexpectantly to some cowards like this. God Bless you my brother in Law Enforcement. You're untimely death will not be in vain for we'll continue the fight to protect and serve and bring criminals to justice. Now gear up and grab a beat in Heaven we'll see you soon.

Patrol Officer V. B. Arceneaux 239
Houston Port Authority Police

February 28, 2008

Thank you for all you have done. God bless you and your family.


February 24, 2008

Thank you for your service. God Bless and Protect your Family and your Department.

Juanita Bethea

February 24, 2008

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