The Bartlett Police Department Honor Guard was created in October of 2003 following the death of Bartlett Reserve Officer Jerry Swindol who succumbed to injuries sustained in an off duty traffic accident. Chief of Police, K.D. Wray, recognized the need for a well trained group of officers to render honors to fallen officers of the Bartlett Police Department. Chief Wray took the initial steps in creating this group of officers which led to the creation of the Bartlett Police Honor Guard. Chief Gary Rikard has continued in this endeavor and has provided the necessary equipment and training for the Bartlett Police Honor Guard so that it is prepared for any event.
The Honor Guard trains twice a month and is used in any event deemed appropriate by the Chief of Police or Mayor A. Keith McDonald. The Honor Guard volunteers to attend and perform, if needed, at local officer’s funerals. The goal of this Honor Guard is to provide the honor, gratitude and respect on behalf of the City of Bartlett and its’ citizens to any officer who gives his or her life in the defense and protection of others.