END OF WATCH: 8/9/19
PPOA is saddened to announce the passing of Industry Station Sergeant Ernie Barbosa. The 30-year department veteran was hospitalized last month for an off-duty catastrophic medical issue and was waiting to be approved for additional treatment. Unfortunately, Ernie’s health deteriorated and he passed away yesterday.
“The PPOA family is saddened by the loss of a dedicated member, Ernie Barbosa,” said PPOA President Tab Rhodes. “His sudden passing is a stark reminder of how our time on this earth is precious. We have been, and will continue to support his family during this difficult time.”
Ernie was well-respected by colleagues, especially at Industry Station, his assignment for the last 10 years. He took pride in serving as Patrol and Scheduling Sergeant as well as his current assignment overseeing the station’s Youth Athletic League.
The PPOA board of directors extends heartfelt condolences to Ernie’s wife, Rachel, his children and his many friends throughout the Sheriff’s Department. We ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
We will provide additional information about memorial services as it becomes available.