Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Major Gregory Eugene Barney

Riverdale Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Thursday, February 11, 2016

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Reflections for Major Gregory Eugene Barney

Greg, We have know each other for years, and during all those years, you always made me laugh. Well on Thursday 021116, what
happened to you made me cry and cry most of the day.
Thank you for your service in Riverdale, but most of all for the friendship, you will be missed by me and your Law Enforcement family.

Sr. Patrolman Tommy Cash (Retired)
Clayton County, Ga. Police Dept.

February 15, 2016

Rest in Peace Brother! We have the watch from here. May God Bless your Family and Friends.


February 15, 2016

Greg, you were a hell of a good man, and a great officer. Rest in Peace my brother!

Deputy / K9 Handler Patrick McClellan
CCSO / Dept of State

February 15, 2016

So saddened to hear the news.

May you rest in peace after having served those around you. My thoughts are with you, your family, fellow officers and friends.

Reserve Police Officer G. Krystof
Los Angeles Police Department

February 15, 2016

To The Family of Major Gregory E Barney

I was deeply sadden to read about the death of Major Barney. Please take comfort in Jesus words where he said at John 5:28, 29 that there would be a resurrection. Just think of the time when you will see your loved ones again, and there will be no more crying, sorrow, or death (Rev. 21: 3,4). Once again, my deepest condolences to the family.

Cpl. William Stanback (Retired)
Pennsylvania State Police

February 15, 2016

Your Service to the community will not be forgotten. Rest in Peace Brother. Sincere Condolences to the Family, friends and Riverdale PD.

Deputy Butler
Johnson County Sheriff's Office

February 15, 2016

Major, I still remember my first day on the job. I wasn't certified so I was waiting for the academy to come. You grabbed me and said "let's go." My first few days at Riverdale I spent riding in the car with you. Upon graduation day you handed me my diploma on stage in front of my friends and family. You sir, were there from the beginning and I will never forget the time I spent with you. I'm so happy I got to meet you two beautiful sons a few weeks ago! As a twin myself I know how special that bond is. Sir, rest easy, we got it from here! Got bless and thank you for being there for me from the start. I will miss you.

Patrol Officer 2 Maxim Kalkstein
Riverdale Police Department

February 15, 2016

Rest in peace brother may God be with your family and co workers during this tragic time

Corporal Dairen Cato
Wadley police dept wadley georgia

February 15, 2016

Rest in peace brother may God be with your family and co workers during this tragic time

Corporal Dairen Cato
Wadley police dept wadley georgia

February 15, 2016

R.I.P. Brother. God bless you. Prayers to your wife and kids!!!

Det. Carlos Selvi
Bakto. Co. P.D.

February 15, 2016

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO! May God
Give the family and friends the strength and faith to deal with this tragic loss. Words can not express my sorrow!

"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 BMI © 1993 - All Rights Reserved

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

February 15, 2016

Fair winds and calm seas, Brother.

Officer M Parker
Long Beach PD

February 14, 2016

To The family of Major Barney, I am so sorry for your loss

Jacquie Rebel survivor

February 14, 2016

This is a cowardly act. My prayers to his friends and family.

Sgt D L
Retired from Virginia

February 14, 2016

Your job is now complete. Rest easy, brother, knowing that you made a difference in your community. We've got the line from here.

Police Officer
Police Department in Missouri

February 14, 2016

RIP brother!! We'll hold the line from here

Deputy Sheriff Lee Mewes
Grand Forks County SO

February 14, 2016

I met Maj.Barney back in the 90's in Atlanta..Very nice guy..

Officer A.Jackson (Retired)..
Atlanta Police Department..

February 14, 2016

Greg many ask how, why and some are saying it is not real. It is real, it is finished!
Not because you failed in anyway but because you completed your great contribution to this life. Sir Well Done!! Be Commended for a job well done.
You will be honored and remembered.

Fulton County Sheriff Candidate Michael
Veteran Law Enforcement Officer

February 14, 2016

Rest in peace.

Chicago Police Dept.

February 14, 2016

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and colleagues.

Officer Tracey Creno
Unified Police Department

February 14, 2016

RIP sir! We are forever indebted to you and your family! You and your family are in my heart and prayers!


February 13, 2016

The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord;
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
The Lord helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.
Psalm 37:39-40
Rest in peace brother.

Sgt. Paul Schanno- Honor Guard Member
Minnesota Dept. of Corrections MCF-Stillwater

February 13, 2016

A Prayer for Major Greg “Lem” Barney:

Lord our God, you are always faithful and quick to show mercy. Our Brother-in-Blue, Major Greg “Lem” Barney, of the Riverdale, Georgia Police Department, was suddenly and violently taken from us in the Line-of-Duty. Come swiftly to his aid, have mercy on him, and comfort his family, friends, and colleagues by the power and protection of the cross. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

“Greater love has no one than this that someone lay down his life for his friends.” [John 15:13]

Pastor Steven Robert Closs, MNACM
The Peacemakers Prayer Ministry
Merrimack, NH 03054
Chartered by the National Association of Christian Ministers

Captain Steven R. Closs (Retired)
Nashua NH Police Department

February 13, 2016

Rest in peace my brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and the Riverdale Police Department.

James J. Scanlon (Retired CPD)
North American SWAT Training Assoc.

February 13, 2016

Feel His presence as God answers the prayers of many who have fallen to their knees on your behalf. Since the day of my son's death, I have carried every law enforcement officer and their family in my heart.

Every morning I go to my knees. During that time I pray:

“Lord, Be with all law enforcement officers. Keep them safe and free from harm. They are Your soldiers on the front line of the battle against evil. If one should fall this day - wrap their family in your loving arms. Surround them with Your angels, loving family, friends, neighbors and caring people to comfort them. Ease their pain. Help them to mourn well. In Jesus' name and for Your Glory, Amen.”

I have lifted you and your family to God every morning for over four years. Feel those prayers. God is with you; He knows and will ease your pain.

Our faith helps us to see beyond the grave.

Pamela Hotsinpiller
Mother of
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
EOW 2-16-2011

February 13, 2016

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