Processional, memorial honors local fallen officer
A Thursday processional and memorial honored the life of fallen Susanville Police Department officer Ryan Barham.
Emergency vehicles, from agencies near and far, along with an abundance of supporters lit up local streets from the Lassen County Fairgrounds to the Assembly of God Church Thursday morning, with supporters, unfazed by the earlier power outage, turning out to pay respects.
During the memorial, the Assembly of God sanctuary was full of those honoring Barham, with Law Enforcement Chaplain Rick Floyd officiating, Chief of Police Ryan Cochran speaking, along with Barham’s partner officer Fred Foulk and Barham’s brother.
Barham’s passions for living life, children and animals were evident through the words shared, as were his talents for hunting and fishing.
“His dedication for life is something we should all strive for,” Foulk shared of Barham, adding he led by example and always took the time to help others.
Cochran shared of Barham’s compassion for people, detailing his work at a local boy’s home, making a positive impact wherever he went.
“The SPD and city were blessed each and every day he was with us,” Cochran said.
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. 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.