Congressman David Scott (GA-13) has announced that he will introduce a resolution to rename the Riverdale, Georgia Post Office, at Church Street and Main Street, in honor of fallen police officer Major Gregory Barney. Shot and killed on February 11, 2016, Barney was the first Riverdale police officer to die in the line of duty.
Major Barney was shot and killed while giving chase to a suspect during a raid on an illegal drug operation. Major Barney was a twenty-five year veteran of the Riverdale Police Department. A news release from Congressman Scott’s office states that over his career in Riverdale, Major Barney was a school resource officer at Riverdale High School, a sergeant and a captain. In 2004, Barney became the first African-American to serve as Chief of Police when he was appointed as interim chief.
According to Rep. Scott, “Major Barney made the ultimate sacrifice and gave his life for the protection of his community”. Scott, who has represented Riverdale in Congress since 2003, goes on to say that “Major Barney’s accomplishments in the police department are well recognized, especially when he was appointed interim Chief. But, the measure of a man is not just by his titles or awards. The tremendous outpouring of support from the Riverdale residents and many people outside of Clayton County attest to his place in the hearts of a community. Naming the Riverdale Post Office in his honor is just one way that we can honor a man who is loved by his family, colleagues, friends and neighbors.”
The Riverdale Post Office sits across Church Street from the city police headquarters. Congressman Scott will introduce the resolution when the US House reconvenes on March 14.