Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Berry Joe McGuire

Amarillo Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, December 25, 1980

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Reflections for Patrolman Berry Joe McGuire

Barry was a kind and intelligent officer. Barry was dedicated and nice seeing good in everyone. Barry enjoyed and was dedicated to his wife,, job and country.

Chief Jimmy W. Adams
trainning officer 1978/1979

January 9, 2013

I sent my letter of No Parole today for the low lifes that took yours from us. I will never forget that day and eveing. I think about you every Christmas. You were a good friend.

Charlie Boyd, Retired Tx Paramedic
Nurse with the Mercy System

January 8, 2013

A no-parole letter has been sent.

Communications Officer Charles Berridge
Amtrak Police

January 5, 2013

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

January 4, 2013

I sent the "No Parole" Letter for your killer today, Sir. We will never forget!

Lisa B.

January 4, 2013

We are your brothers; Your boys in blue. We will honor you. We forget nothing.

Motor Officer P. Douglas 7A24
Auburn Police Department, Auburn, WA

January 4, 2013

I was honored to send off my 'No Parole' letter today for you, my brother in blue. Thank you for your sacrifice and may you forever, rest in peace. You are a true AMERICAN HERO !!!

My prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers.


Sgt. Mitch Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

January 4, 2013



January 4, 2013

These hanis killers should remain in jail until the good lord calls for them

sec Richard Richardson

January 4, 2013

Officer McGuire, I can't imagine a more painful reminder of your passing than Christmas Day for your family and loved ones. I thank you so much for your service to those of us so unworthy of such a sacrifice. My heart aches for your loved ones left behind with so many unanswered questions.

daughter of a fallen officer

January 4, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the thirty-first 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.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today

I was saddened to see that Christmas Day is the eow for so many, many officers. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

December 25, 2011

You were a great friend in college and I'll always remember you. Rest in peace.


December 25, 2010

Officer McGuire,
On today, the 29th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Amarillo. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



December 25, 2009

Berry- my only brother- it seems it was just yesterday when we opened presents under the Christmas Tree. I still see you playing policeman with your little action figures. You were always destined for a uniform. Born to serve although much to short a time. How proud we remain that your final gift was given on that Christmas day in 1980. You will be forever loved and always remembered by your two remaining sisters.

Sherry (McGuire) Stevens

February 21, 2009

Tonight is Christmas Eve and tomorrow will be 28 years ago that this happen. I was the age of 10 years old and I lived on the next street over from Willow Street on Hermosa. I went to Willow Vista Ele School. I wanted to be a police officer before this occured and had Dreams of working for Amarillo Police. I will never forget what happen and how it shocked everyone in the community. I remember the feeling it put in my stomach. I will always remember that feeling. I moved away to Tennessee joined the Marine Corps Reserves and then became a Police officer and have been one for 15 years last july. I will always be learning everyday and I hope you can help keep us safe from up above. To you and your family I Salute You and say the Marine Corps Motto...Semper Fidelis...(Always Faithful). Thanks for your Service.

Dandridge Police Dept TN.

December 24, 2008

I was a pall bearer for Ofc McGuire's father's funeral today, December 15, 2008. After hearing of the loss of their only child during the funeral, I felt I had to find his information.

Being the son of a Fire Chief & Military Veteran, the profound impact of his death on his family is immeasurable.

You can't help but feel that you have a connection in a situation like this, especially when you're from the same town and work in public safety.

May God Bless the McGuire Family.

Captain Jeff Smith
Guymon Fire Department

December 15, 2008

We never met.
But,you saved my life.
I rememeber Christmas 1980 like it was yesterday. You and I were the same age; I had just graduated from the APD Academy on Dec. 17th.
You and I never met, but your funeral (the first of many I was to attend)had more effect of me than anyone can ever imagine. Every day, we risk our lives for strangers. Most of us do it without a second thought and don't ask for thanks.
On Christmas, 1981, Sgt. Amos, presiding over roll call had nothing to say after he called attendance. He played your radio transmission calling for back up. When the transmission was over he simply said, "Dismissed." I don't remember him sayin, "Be careful out there. He didn't have to."
Your death saved my life on more than one occasion because in 27 years, I never stopeed a car full of people without thinking about you.
And we never met.
Those of us who die in the LOD rarely wake up and think, "Today's the day!" Those of us who attend funeral after funeral wake up each morning for weeks to come and think, "Today could be the day."
So, even though we have never met, and I do regret your untimely death, (just like that of Delbert Miller, James Mitchell, Eddie Burns{NYPD}, to name a few), I wanted to thank you for saving my life.
God bless you, Donia, and your family.
Det. Ray Cully(APD) (NYPD, retired)

Detective (Retired) Ray Cully

February 22, 2008

Another Christmas has come and gone. It seem just like yesterday. Its been 27 years. The memories are still so strong. We all miss you so much. A very precious person was taken from us to soon. We waited so long for a brother and we didn't have you long enough. Your in Gods Hands Now watching over all of us.
Love ya.

Tammy Overton

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

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

January 30, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Manchester, NH

December 23, 2007

almost 27 yrs. has passed, never to be forgotten! God Bless the family of Ofc. Mcguire, friends and the APD.
I pray Donia is doing well.

Ret. PO
City of Miami PD Fla.

October 3, 2007

On this the 26th Anniversary of your EOW I say thank you again for your service and pray for your family.

Border Patrol Agent
United States Border Patrol

December 25, 2006

Officer McGuire your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Care now. May you rest in peace now brother..

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

March 17, 2006

Sir...I signed on the job in 1990. I soon met Teddy Sanchez. He told me of how great of a guy you were and how he enjoyed training you. I worked the streets of Amarillo for 10 years and stomped the same grounds you did. I also had a partner who named one of his daughters' Donia! What a tribute! Rest in Peace Brother!

AMS Paramedic Ralph Montoya

November 10, 2005

Warrior...we fight on!

April 22, 2004

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