Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Billy Ray Baruday

Garland County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

End of Watch Tuesday, April 23, 1991

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Reflections for Sergeant Billy Ray Baruday

Sgt. Baruday,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Garland County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 23, 2021

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

April 23, 2021

I wish I would have met you.. And amazing person from stories and legends. Any of the family that has yet to make connections with me I'm Alexander Ray Kin cade Smith and I'm alive and well in the state of Arkansas. Prayers go up in hopes I'll receive blessings in new good hearted people in my life

Alexander Ray Smith

August 11, 2020

Rest in peace Reserve Sergeant Baruday.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 6, 2020

Our prayers are always with you and your family. You're never forgotten. God bless

Special Agent-in-Charge Diane Upchurch
FBI - Little Rock

April 23, 2017

my god, I am so saddened. I was in the US Navy with Bill and was attempting to look him up. We were stationed in Coronado Ca. Bill taught me how to ride a motorcycle and we would cruise all over Ca and out to the desert. Great times with a great man and an exceptional friend. I am certain he was a great police officer and of course a great dad. My prayers are with his family, may God Bless and Keep You All safe.

Anthony Darmetko
US Navy Shipmates Coronado Ca 1971-1972

May 26, 2014

Sgt. Baruday you are remembered by the members of the Boston Police Department for your dedication to the people of Garland County. RIP

Det. Michael Kane
Boston Police Dept.

January 19, 2012

We miss you everyday. We love you Uncle Bill.

TSG Carla Foshee USAF

September 18, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today as we approach 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. He was shot twice when ambushed on April 23rd when he was on a foot pursuit of two bank robbers, 14 years after you were killed.

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 5, 2009

RIP.You will not be forgotten.


October 31, 2008

Rest in Peace, Sergeant Baruday. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

July 28, 2008

"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

November 20, 2007


Although it has been several years since you left me, I miss you every day. A huge part of me died with you that day and I will never be whole again. You gave me so many wonderful memories in my childhood and I will always keep you alive in my childrens hearts. I love you Dad.


Dora Lee Baruday-Sweet

May 1, 2007

May God rest your soul.

January 5, 2005

Rest inpeace Brother Billy, you are a true hero and will never be forgotten.

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/73

Assistant Chief Carl Wortham
Sand Springs Police Dept. Okla

February 5, 2004

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