As a patrolman and detective in the NYPD, John Barry
made, or assisted in, 132 arrests in all Boroughs of New York City, except Staten Island. He was injured in the line of duty
twice and received several commendations.
Born 1926 in NYC, John Barry attended Parochial elementary
and high schools in the Bronx. He worked many jobs for pocket money as soon as he could obtain working papers. As a radarman
in the U.S. Navy in 1944, he was stationed on several vessels anchored on the West Coast. John sums up his service career
as boring and completely undistinguished.
A graduate of Hunter College in 1950, John Barry worked
as a social investigator for the NYC Department of Welfare, joining the NYPD in 1951. John Barry finished 65th on the Civil
Service list of 25,000. He served as a patrolman on foot and patrol car in the 34th Precinct in Upper Manhattan. His good
arrest record moved him to Detective Division where he was assigned to the Narcotics Squad, which eventually became the Narcotics
Division. John resigned in 1959 after a rather violent disagreement with a superior officer. John Barry became a Long Island
school teacher, retiring in 1987. John Barry is the author of Baskets of Eyes.