Police department announces passing of respected officer

“It is with great sadness that we announce that Susanville Police Officer Ryan Barham passed away June 9, 2021, while hospitalized in Reno, Nevada. Officer Barham was 43 years old,” read a Wednesday statement from the Susanville Police Department.

“Officer Barham started his law enforcement career in July 1998 with the Yreka Police Department. He first began serving the citizens of Lassen County in May of 2001, when he was sworn in as a Lassen County Deputy Sheriff. After serving as a deputy sheriff and police officer in different jurisdictions, Officer Barham wanted to return to the area he had always considered home.

“Officer Barham joined the Susanville Police Department in January 2019. Officer Barham served the Susanville Police Department as a Field Training Officer, Senior Explorer advisor and a Rangemaster.

“Officer Barham is a beloved member of our police force. He is well respected, hardworking, skilled, dedicated and took pride in serving our community. He will be greatly missed as an officer and friend.

“On behalf of the Susanville Police Department, the City of Susanville staff, the Susanville City Council we would like to offer our deepest sympathies to Officer Barham’s family, friends, colleagues, and loved ones.

“As additional information becomes available, further press releases shall be issued.”