In Memoriam

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Hector Barrera

Sergeant Hector Barrera

July 22, 1980 - August 20, 2013

Barrera and Patnode


Sgt. Barrera and Inspector Charlie Patnode, both of whom grew up together at UTSA PD,

share a moment together at the May 2013 UTSP Academy graduation


Sergeant Barrera was an original member of the System Rapid Response Team

and is shown here (far right) with other members from the UT San Antonio Police


For photographs from the funeral services, please click this link


The University of Texas System Police has lost a valued officer, Sergeant Hector Barrera, who was killed in a tragic traffic accident on Tuesday, August 20, 2013. Sergeant Barrera was in full uniform and riding to work on his motorcycle, as he did day in and day out, when a vehicle turning in front of him caused an unavoidable collision.


Sergeant Hector Barrera joined the UT San Antonio Police Department in May 2000 as a parking controller and became a communications operator with the department in February 2002. He was selected for the UT System Police Academy in January 2003 and was commissioned as a police officer in June 2003.


He served the UTSA Police Department until August 2004, then joined the Zapata County Sheriff’s Office (August 2004 - July 2005) and the Starr County Sheriff’s Office (August 2005 - October 2006).


Sergeant Barrera returned to the UTSA Police Department in November 2006 and was welcomed back by his first police family. In October 2008, he was promoted to corporal. Last September, he was promoted to Sergeant.


He was also an original member of our UT System Police System Rapid Response team and the UTSA Honor Guard. He served both with honor and distinction as he did the UT San Antonio Police Department and the UT System Police.


Michael Heidingsfield, Director of Police spoke to Sergeant Barrera’s legacy:  “Sergeant Barrera was a father, a son and a husband as well as a brother to those of us in Texas law enforcement.  His commitment and dedication should serve as an inspiration and his good will and zest for life should remind us that all too often the best among us depart far too soon.  The University of Texas System Police is better for the contributions that Sergeant Barrera selflessly shared with us and we are terribly diminished by his passing.  His end of watch takes our breath away and we will grieve his absence.  Let our hearts and hands embrace his wife, children, extended family, loved ones and fellow law enforcement professionals from this moment forward.”   


“We are all deeply saddened by the loss of Sgt. Barrera. His 11-year career, including seven years with the UTSA Police Department, was marked by exemplary service, professionalism and dedication. He was a great friend to the UTSA community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones during this difficult time.”

Ricardo Romo, UTSA President


UTSA police officer fatally hit on motorcycle in northwest Bexar County





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