Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Wade C. Barrett, Jr.

DeKalb County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Monday, April 8, 1991

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Reflections for Officer Wade C. Barrett, Jr.

I knew Wade when he worked with my wife at MERVINS in Morrow, Ga. I would visit my wife while on duty and he kept telling me he wanted to be a police officer after hearing some of my stories. I feel bad because I encouraged him to join. He was a wonderful person.

James Williamson

October 14, 2019

I think about Wade often as he was a friend of mine. All these years have passed and the mention of his name still makes me smile. Rest my friend. I'll see you when I get there. Much Love.

Loraine Watts

November 12, 2018

Missing you always my dear Brother. With love, charity, and esteem ...


Tom Paris
Lenoir-Rhyne, c/o'85

April 8, 2018

I was a Division Chief for DeKalb Fire Rescue in EMS the day Officer Wade Barrett was shot. I was the first paramedic on the scene and I remember the helpless feeling of not being able to change the course of events and the outcome that day. I remember the day as if it were yesterday. The bullet hit him and against the odds, missed his ballistic vest. His actions were that of a true hero. I think about Officer Barrett often. Rest easy sir.

Division Chief
DeKalb Fire Rescue

May 27, 2016

Remembering. Respect.

DKPD - Retired

April 7, 2016

You have not been forgotten as true heroes never die. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones.

Bob Gordon
Father of Fallen Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

April 7, 2013

I knew Wade Barrett in college. He was a friend and a big brother. With his brilliant smile and infectious, he could always lift your spirits. As you look down from Heaven Wade, I know you are still smiling. I didn't know of your passing until recently. You are missed, I'm sure by so many.
I'll see you on the other side dear friend.

Kate Clark
LRC Grad.

October 1, 2012

Have you ever met someone who you only spent a few minutes with... but they have an impact on your life that lasts for decades?

I was honored enough to meet Officer Wade Barrett once in early 1990... he responded to a "trouble unknown" call one evening at the Tree Hill apartment complex, (located at 1420 S. Hairston Road in Stone Mountain, GA). I was an officer with Dekalb P.D. at the time assigned to North Precinct and that night I was on-call as the security officer for the complex... I lived on the property. The guard at the front gate started calling my 'beeper', (remember those?), at around 10:30PM. When I returned the call he stated that earlier he'd allowed a "repo." agent to enter the property to recover a vehicle. Apparently the incompetent repo. agent was discovered by the vehicle's owner and everyone was now gathered at the main gate/guard house preparing for serious battle. I left my apartment and headed for the main entrance. As I pulled up behind the 'guard shack' I noticed that several people and a Dekalb P.D. unit were present, but everyone was standing around smiling and 'high-fiving' each other.

After initialy speaking with the guard it took me less than 5 minutes to respond, (we were required to use the property's golf cart). In that short amount of time Officer Barrett had responded to the scene and had managed to gain total control of the situation and calm everyone down... I'll never forget it!

A few weeks later my National Guard unit was activated for Operation Desert Shield/Storm. After spending several months in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, our unit was in the final stages of ending our mission. We were at Ft. Gordon, GA when I learned of what occured on April 7, 1991. I attended the beautiful service with a few other special members of my guard unit who were also Dekalb PD... (we were the knuckle-heads wearing desert fatigues).

I'll never forget that beautifull service, either. The Minister was speaking of Wade's excellent sence of humor when suddenly an overhead light bulb popped... it was a huge sanctuary bulb and it was LOUD. NOBODY admitted it afterward, but I watched as a Church full of cops from all over Georgia and MANY other states reached for their duty weapon while looking UP! (You could almost hear Wade laughing!)

Officer Wade C. Barrett, you never demanded respect... you earned it. I can only guess as to how you earned it so quickly!

J.C. Hurst

MPO J.C. Hurst
Dekalb County PD

August 25, 2012

I met Wade months after having moved to Georgia. He responded to a break-in at my house. Afterwards I'd see him patroling my neighorhood. Shortly thereafter, my boyfriend and I ran into him at the movies (working a second job) just before the Christmas holidays. He'd told me that he couldn't go home for the holidays because of his work schedule and of his upcoming nuptuals. When I got the news of his death I was heartbroken, still am. Officer Barrett was a real cop but even more than that he was a real upstanding man. I hope his family knows that he was much appreciated and is missed.

Dekalb Resident

April 26, 2012

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

Officer 11169

March 25, 2012

Wade, I met you in high school. You were older than I, but you always treated me as an equal and with respect. You were someone I looked up to and a great role model for all. You are missed my friend.

Captain Phil Pressley
Monroe Police Department, Monroe, NC

January 30, 2012

I didn't know you personally Wade...I know officers who knew you. The roll call room at East Precinct is name in your honors. Thanks for your service!

MPO J.B. Franklin

September 18, 2011

When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous have a refuge - Proverbs 14:32.

Heroes are never forgotten.

RIP brother.

Constable Amanda Pandolfi
York Regional Police

April 7, 2011

Wow my brother I think about you often. I think about how we pushed each other through the acadamy.I miss you I no God has a special place for you I always wanted to say thank you Bro. E.M.Washington#1480 (37 Acadamy)

E.M.Washington (MPO ) Former DKPD
(Former)DKPD 37 Acadamy Classmate

July 21, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

April 7, 2010

Though I never knew him, he was part of my Law Enforcement family and I will mourn this deep loss the rest of my life. My heart aches with all the losses we have suffered, and continue to suffer, through the years. God is our only peace in such incidents & our only real comfort comes from Him. May His strength, comfort & peace continue to be the sustaining force in the lives of all who knew this beloved officer; and may it somehow help to know that, through the years, they do not grieve alone.

Vicki Hare, Telecommunicator
Salisbury NC PD

October 13, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the eighteenth anniversary 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

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

April 7, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the eighteenth anniversary 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

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

April 7, 2009



October 8, 2008

You have been gone a long time, but it seems you made quite an impression while you were here. You
were a credit to the uniform and your time on earth has
not been forgotten. As I've heard this said before, heaven was made brighter by your arrival. I look forward to meeting up with you some day.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

April 7, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe

April 7, 2008

Thanks for your service Officer Barrett you did your best to keep us safe. You are in our thoughts as your fellow brothers and sisters that protect us citizens daily. A few other young brave men and women from your department have paid the ultimate price recently and I pray for those out protecting us daily. I pray that they will be watched and protected from all harm to be able to get home to see there families safe and sound.

January 17, 2008

Wade you are a true American hero! He loved his job and the help he could give others. His goal was to make this world a better place. We are all better knowing you! He loved the Lord and I will see him in Heaven.
Your college roomate and dear friend,
Brian VanDuyn

Brian VanDuyn

November 10, 2007

"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 © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

October 8, 2007

As Wades first training officer, I cant remember ever having a bad day. Wade loved policing and always had a smile on his face. Some people were just natural police officers, and Wade was this person. We always did our job but we had fun doing it. I can still remember eating chicken dinners off the hood of the police car and talking about football. I learned a lot from Wade as well. We will meet again my brother....Rick Roseberry

Office Rick Roseberry
DKPD Retired

January 11, 2007

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