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Patrolman Barry Wayne Maham

Henrico County Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, August 8, 1978

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Reflections for Patrolman Barry Wayne Maham

Berry, my granddaughter just got the Berry W. MAHAM schlorship from the FOP lodge last night. I told the brothers and sisters about you and how it was a honor for her to get the schlorship. Keep a eye on everyone and keep us safe.

Captain Earl Williams
Henrico Sheriff's Office

August 7, 2015

I first met Barry when he was a communications officer with HCPD approx. 1974.

I recall the calmness of his voice, yet with explicit directions anytime I received a dispatch from him. He was a professional. I was thankful. One evening at shift end, I specifically made a trip down to the Commo Section (Dabbs House) to meet him personally. As I introduced myself, I recall his shy humility as I thanked him for his professionalism and being there for me. We became respectful of each other.

You see, I could always count on Barry on any situation that I was in as a Patrolman and/or Detective, calling me by radio every few minutes until I cleared, to make sure that I was okay. He cared. He had my back. It wasn't only me..He was the same to everybody "on the road", no matter the seriousness of the dispatched situation. He took the initiative without being told. He cared about his brothers and sisters in blue.

I recall his desire to "get on the road". I was there when he did. He was happy and I was proud to see that "he made it". He took pride in his early duties with the B.E.A.T. Squad. Soon thereafter, I relocated out of state and lost track of the many fine friends I had left behind at HCPD.

It wasn't until recently, that I found out about Barry's passing.
Though I was saddened for his young family that had remained, so so many years ago...MY heart is at peace.
You see, I trust that he is at home with Our Lord Jesus, with that country boy smile that he always had. Even though if but for a little while in my lifetime, Barry Mayham touched my heart. He has never been forgotten !

A fine example of God's creation.. a caring person, a public servant.....my friend..Barry... whose loved ones deserved my reflection of him. It's all through Jesus Our Lord and Savior, Amen.

Dennis L. Goodrich
Retired

April 19, 2013

My uncle Barry was one that the best men God created. He was truly gracious and loved all mankind. I loved him and he was killed responding to a domestic violence victim. Ironically Henrico county police department responded to help me with my own domestic violence call that saved my life.

Rescued by those officers and with the help of the Safe Harbor shelter I am finally free of a life of domestic violence.

The recovery allowed me the great honor to work with the Henrico county police officers to share my story so they can understand what it is truly like to live in that type of environment. They need to be prepared to know that it is life and death for them to respond and save others from a life of hell.

I will spend the rest of my life to help others so they too can see just how precious their life is and foster they armed forces that protect our freedom to all mankind. Today a police office told me that we each year honor our fallen that have tried to save others. I went by to the site that honored my uncle and many others and took pictures and cried for how much I missed him and all the time his children have missed him 34 years is hard to believe that my beloved uncle was shot in the line of duty. I have always been honored to be part of his family and will serve others to help them recovery and stop domestic violence. Lives lost should not be forgotten that protect others. August 8, 2012.

Lisa Hanks Hughes
Niece Lisa Hanks Hughes

August 8, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 32nd 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.
Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

August 8, 2010

Patrolman Maham,

Thank you for your service and sacrifice.. You are a HERO..
May the Lord continue to watch over your family today and always.... Rest in Peace...

Joyce
Sister of Officer John P Harris EOW 8/19/1994

April 14, 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
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

April 2, 2008

RIP Brother and Thank You for your dedicated service.

SFC D. Donald
US Army MP Corps

December 26, 2005

We miss you and think of all you have missed as your children have grown and had children of their own. Your son and grandson are so much like you. Your son now serves as a firefighter, he remembers all those trips to the firehouse. Our Love!

Joy Maham Schaefer

August 18, 2005

Thank you for your sacrifice, P. O.
Maham. With love from one coast
of America to the other.
Lynn Kole
Washington State

July 22, 2005

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies....

Rest in peace, hero.

April 28, 2005

10/02/04

Thank you for your dedication and sacrifice. You died a hero and will not be forgotten. Rest in peace sir.

Captain Robert W. Cannon; Retired
Vermilion County Illinois Sheriff's Dept.

October 2, 2004

You are not forgotten........

Sgt. A. Whitney
Yuma County Sheriff's Office, Yuma, AZ

January 17, 2004

A remembers man lives forever,

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