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Deputy Sheriff Charles Barton

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, August 22, 1995

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Charles Barton

Deputy Sheriff Barton,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Loudon County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 22, 2020

Rest In Peace

Nick mottola

August 22, 2020

Rest in peace always knowing that your service, sacrifice and incredibly selfless and heroic actions will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

August 22, 2020

Charlie and I served on the Fairfax County Police Department. You could always depend on him for backup.

Kevin Williams, Unit 351

June 14, 2020

Charlie and I were scheduled to attend a gun show in Richmond the following week. I was a Magistrate/Judge. My wife Mary, who was a registered Nurse at the ADC, called me and told me of the crash. I much admired Charlie. He always had complete control of the situation and I never heard him once raise his voice to a person in his custody. I greatly admired him.

Thomas Shinal
Magistrate Judge

September 17, 2017

Charlie and I were scheduled to attend a gun show in Richmond the following week. I was a Magistrate/Judge. My wife Mary, who was a registered Nurse at the ADC, called me and told me of the crash. I much admired Charlie. He always had complete control of the situation and I never heard him once raise his voice to a person in his custody. I greatly admired him.

Thomas Shinal
Magistrate Judge

September 17, 2017

I had to do a class discussion honoring a fallen officer. I chose Virginia because that is where I am from and your name came up. Having read all the truly wonderful things people have said about you I almost feel like I know you myself, and I wish I could have met you in person. You seem as though you were filled with love and honor, caring about everyone around you as if they were your family. I pray that you are resting in paradise sir. You were certainly taken from this earth far too soon.

Danielle Sandlin, U.S. Navy Veteran
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Student

March 7, 2016

I find myself thinking of you and your family often. You were a friend who served in the military and as a policeman with my father Lt. Jack Orndorf Ret. State College Police Dept.
The thing I remember the most is how kind you were. Especially to a Yankee as you always said.You are thought of often and you are missed, not only as a policeman but as a friend.

Brian Orndorf

February 24, 2016

R.I.P. Deputy Charles Barton, Family, Friends and Lo. Co Sheriffs Department. Thank You.

B.K. {Orrison} Carey

August 23, 2015

ODMP reminded me today is the 20th anniversary of your sacrifice. I have read all the reflections with tears in my eyes. You were dearly loved and respected, not only as a peace officer but as a person too. You have not been forgotten. Many people care that are not related to LEOs.

Tampa, FL

August 22, 2015

I remember in 1973 when I was a young deputy sheriff in FAIRFAX Luther PHares and CHarlie would stop by the jail on midnights and we would all have lunch together. Luther would call in his and Charlie's order and it would be ready for them when they got there. Charlie and Luther are the best and represented our profession so well.

Sgt. David MONAHAN
Prince-William Manassas A.D.C. Ret.

August 6, 2014

Officer Charles Barton was a rookie officer who served with Officer Barton the Reston District Station in Fairfax County.

He was a excellent Police Officer I learn a lot from him. My prayers go out his family for there lost I did not know about this.

Nathaniel Green
Former Fairfax County Police Department

January 23, 2014


It was great working with you all those years at the Old Annadale Station, the Mason Station and in Communications. You were a true "Road Dog" who wore the uniform with dignity and pride. You were a policemans; policeman who was always there when a fellow cop or a citizen needed assistance.

Major Bill Edmonston
Fairfax County Police - Retired

November 10, 2013

Hi Charlie,

I find myself visiting you often at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. When I need strength and direction. I can't believe it's nearly been 18 years since you left us. I was 14 years old when we met and now, I've got enough time on to retire. I continue to share the lessons you tried to teach me when I was a young man, then a young officer. Godspeed Sir. Thank you for watching over us all.

Robin Davis
Fairfax County Police Dept

May 12, 2013

Awww, Charlie Barton, just hearing your name makes me smile. It has certainly taken a while to get to that point, but I know in my heart you are "up there" watching out for all that continue to carry on The Job. You inspired many, and now they do their jobs well Thanks to you. You are so missed, but will always be remembered with love and respect. I miss your smile, your laugh, your hugs! RIP sweet friend, RIP.

Kippy Horak, former Dispatcher
Loudoun County Sheriffs Office

September 27, 2012

Deputy Barton,
On today, the 17th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice. You sir are a true hero-despite your own injuries and the danger you stayed on that burning plane to to save other people. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


U.S. Border Patrol

August 22, 2012

Thank you Deputy Barton for your dedication and for saving so many lives that day. May God bless your family and Department.

K 9 Officer Battle
Euharlee Police Dept. - Georgia

May 3, 2009

Thank you for your service.

Virginia State Police

February 16, 2009

Charlie, we only worked together for a short time, but I like so many others will always remember how you stood out among the many. What you did at the plane crash, was truly the "Charlie Barton" that I had come to know and love.

Stephen Grant,#8537

Former Deputy Sheriff #8537
Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

December 27, 2008


You were one of the first officers I noticed when they moved me over from C squad to D squad at Mason Station. Of course it was hard to miss you, since you towered over most others. I recall as a raw rookie how you spoke very gruffly but your smile gave away the inner man that lay beneath the surface. I can vividly recall that 1st roll call with you and Stump (Charlie Polizzi) going back and forth about some argument that Stump had cooked up, just to fire you up before you hit the streets. I quickly learned that this was a running joke with everyone in the car pool (which I was fortunate later to be able to join) and that it started as soon as you exited the front door of your house and continued until the end of shift. Charlie you took me under your wing and taught me not only how to be decent cop, but also how to be a better person. You were the consumate SPO and FTO, and they broke the mold after you passed. I remember hearing about the aircraft accident that ultimately claimed one of the finest people to wear a uniform. It didn't surprise me in the least that you sacraficed your own safety for that of others (including the prisoner you were escorting.) You were always willing to drop whatever you were doing to help others be they citizens or fellow officers. You were and will always remain larger than life to me and I will always cherish the time we spent both at work and at play. I mentioned you in my speach at my retirement, how I wish you had been there to see my career through. When I think about it now, you were there standing right next to me with that big toothy grin patting me on the shoulders and saying great job.

Thanks for everything Chuck,we still tell stories about you when we get together, "a legend never dies".I hope to see you again one day so I can thank you in person, and hear that laugh again!



Lieutenant Thomas G. Trapp (Retired)
Fairfax County Police Department

September 12, 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 © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

April 3, 2008

Charlie, you are still in our thoughts and prayers.

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, Leesburg,VA

November 8, 2007

Charlie was the best. It's not surprise to hear that he stayed on the plane to help save others himself, he was a cop from a generation that always put themselves after others.

He was a "old school" with rookies. You worked to obtain his "respect, at least I did. After being on a while and getting enduring his humor I finally got even with him. I told him that I worked and accident on a street names after him and when he asked the name I told him "Dumbarton" he could give it and he could take it, what a great guy. I have tears in my eyes as I write this, my regret is that I'm not sure he knew how well lvoed and respected he really was. I do hope that the Good Lord has revealed that to him and his family.

Bob Tokarchic (retired Fairfax Co. PD)
Friend and co-Worker

August 24, 2007

In the late 1960's, Charlie and I worked together as young patrol officers out of the McLean District Station of the F.C.P.D. In my view, Charlie was a very affable, easy-going and pleasant fellow, whose sense of humor was always present and welcome in tense situations. Notwithstanding those qualities, Charlie was an agressive and energetic police officer who brooked no nonsense. If I needed back-up, Charlie would have been among my first choices. May God feel fortunate to have him in his fold.

Cpt. Glenn W. Loveless
Fairfax County P.D. (Ret.)

August 23, 2007

I worked several years with "Chuck" And we also worked a part time job together. The going never got too rough for him. I nicknamed him Big Daddy because if he was ever having A problem with A subject and he would say "now look here big daddy" then things were going to get rough.We had many fights together.I will never forget him as long as I live

Cpl. Luther E. Phares

August 23, 2007

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