Fallen Holladay police officer honored with Honor Flag visit, ceremony
Sep 23, 2019 11:42AM
● By Stephanie DeGraw
Motorcade for Fallen Officer Doug Barney's Honor Flag Ceremony (Photo by Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake)
By Stephanie DeGraw | [email protected]
The United States Honor Flag made a special stop at Holladay City Hall to honor Officer Douglas S. Barney II on Sept. 16. The Honor Flag has traveled throughout the United States paying tribute to fallen officers. Barney was killed in the line of duty on Jan. 17, 2016.
"Doug was full of life and was the type of officer that exemplified serving the community. He treated everyone he came in contact with respect and knew how to make someone's day better," Justin Hoyal, police chief, said. "We are so grateful for the Honor Network to have brought the United States Honor Flag to Holladay to remember Doug's service and sacrifice. He will never be forgotten."
Barney served in law enforcement for 18 years with the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office, Taylorsville City Police Department and Unified Police Department. Barney is survived by his wife, Erika, and their three children — Matilda, 18; Meredith, 16; and Jacob, 13. He is also survived by his mother, Darlene, and his three siblings Tammy, Russell and Brian. He was preceded in death by his father, Douglas Scott Barney.
Also participating in the ceremony was the Fallen Hero Network. The group's mission is to support the survivors of heroes who have been in daily peril in the service of others. These heroes include law enforcement, fire service, and military personnel.
Some of the group's services include survivor support through respite opportunities and supporting other charitable organizations whose goals are similar.
"Never Forget" is their motto communicated through events which honor the lives and legacy of the fallen heroes. The Fallen Hero Network (fallenheronetwork.org) also honored eight public safety and military members that day, with Barney being one of them.
The Uniformed Ceremonial Honor Guard stood in vigil over the flag of the fallen officers through the day's ceremonies. The Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake was present as well.