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Memorable Manitobans: Ken Barker (1963-2014)

Police officer, fireman.

Born at Winnipeg on 19 March 1963, youngest of seven children, he was raised in Fort Garry and attended Ralph Maybank School, Pembina Crest School, Vincent Massey Collegiate, and the University of Manitoba (BA). In 1987, he joined the RCMP at Nanaimo, BC and returned to Winnipeg in 1990. He served with the Winnipeg Fire Department from 1991 to 1994 then returned to the RCMP to work as a police dog handler. He was posted at Ethelbert, Selkirk, Surrey (BC), Dauphin, Portage la Prairie, and Winnipeg. In recognition of his service, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002), RCMP Long Service Award, and Commissioner’s Commendation for Bravery. He died on 11 July 2014 as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 July 2014.

We thank Kevin Rollason for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 June 2017

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