Richard G. Barnhart
Pennsylvania State Police
Years of Service:
12 years and 9 months
Cause of Death: Vehicle Accident
Date of Incident:
August 8, 1964
Richard G. Barnhart was born
May 17, 1927, at New Florence, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.
He served with Battery B, 6th Field Artillery Battalion, United States Army, from February 27,
1947, to August 3, 1948.
Trooper Barnhart enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police from New Florence on November 15,
1951, and was assigned to Troop B-1, Washington. He was 24 years old and 5'11" tall.
At 11:50 p.m. on August 8, 1964, Trooper Barnhart and Trooper Ralph S. Kendall were checking
out a drag race incident on Route 112 near Republic, Fayette County. As the Troopers pursued
the racers, a vehicle operated by Darwin Hennessy of Cardale pulled onto the highway from a
service station. Hennessy struck the patrol vehicle. Trooper Barnhart died at the scene of the
accident. Trooper Kendall suffered a broken arm and leg. He was treated at Brownsville
Trooper Barnhart is buried in Saint Mary's Cemetery, North Union Township, Uniontown.
He was survived by his wife, Mrs. Maryanne L. Barnhart, a 20-month-old daughter, Marlene, and
a 6-month-old son, Richard, Jr., of Hopwood.
At 37, Barnhart had completed 12 years and 9 months of Pennsylvania State Police service.