Community mourns death of North Kingstown Police Officer who lost battle with sudden illness

"He was a true-blue police officer that loved the job," said Captain John Urban told ABC6 News. 
Captain Paul Barry / North Kingstown Police Department

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WLNE)- The North Kingstown community is mourning the loss of North Kingstown Police Officer, Captain Paul Barry.

Captain Barry passed away on December 13th at Rhode Island Hospital after a battle with a ‘sudden onset illness.’ He was 48-years-old.

He is survived by his parents and his brother.

Captain Barry was a 26-year veteran of the North Kingstown Police Department. Barry attended the RI Municipal Police Academy in July of 1995 and after graduation in December, he was sworn in as  North Kingstown Police Officer.

In December 2001, he was transferred to the Detective Division as a Detective Patrolman. On March 12, 2008, he was promoted to rank of Sergeant, then to Lieutenant in August of 2010.

In October of 2011, he served as an acting Captain, a position that was made permanent July 13, 2016.

North Kingstown Police Department says Captain Barry received ‘numerous’ Department and Division commendations and accolades. He was also named Rotary Police Officer of the Year in 2005.

The North Kingstown Public Safety Complex flag will be flown at half-staff until his burial.

“He was a true-blue police officer that loved the job,” said Captain John Urban told ABC6 News.

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